POWELL, Wyo. ─ More than 300 students from nearly 15 schools will be debating, persuading and entertaining their audiences at the 44th Annual Trapper Rendezvous Forensics Tournament for Wyoming high schools Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9 and 10, at Northwest College.
Because the tournament is so large, 50 judges are needed every round to score all the events, which include humorous, poetry, dramatic and duet interpretation, extemporaneous speaking, oratory and three forms of debate.
To help people feel more comfortable with judging, NWC Forensics coaches offer a workshop at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, in the Yellowstone Building, Room 208. For an individual appointment, contact Bob Becker at 307-754-6118.
Becker, one of the NWC forensics coaches, said some people are hesitant to judge because they don't think they’re qualified but find it quite simple and enjoyable when they do it. The primary component of judging individual events is simply to rank performances from best to worst.