NWC News Desk

If there's nothing good on TV, why not try judging forensics

Posted October 22, 2008

P O W E L L,  W y o. - If after the presidential elections you're finding "57 channels and nothing's on" television (as singer Bruce Springsteen says), the Northwest College Forensics Department invites you to try some live drama, humorous presentations or debates at the upcoming Trapper Speech Rendezvous Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7 and 8.

The forensics faculty at Northwest are so confident you'll love the choices and quality (not to mention commercial free), they'll even take time earlier to show you how to judge performances. Participants can choose from two 45-minute judging workshops on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. and again Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in Room 118 of the Orendorff Building.

The workshops aren't a prerequisite to judge at the Trapper Speech Rendezvous. They're offered because some people feel more comfortable judging after they've been through a brief training.

Duane Fish, NWC's co-director of forensics, 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.

Judges can commit to hours convenient for them and are not required to judge all day. They can choose from a variety of events that include after dinner speakers, poetry interpretation, readers' theater, extemporaneous speaking, persuasive oratory, duet interpretation and parliamentary debate.

To find out more about judging forensics, e-mail Duane Fish or call (307) 754-6024.