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

Posted January 4, 2010

POWELL, Wyo. - If the reality shows on television aren't providing the same thrill anymore, the Northwest College Forensics Department invites you to enjoy reality entertainment in the form of live drama, humorous presentations or debates at the upcoming Trapper Rendezvous Forensic Tournament for High Schools Friday and Saturday, Jan. 8 and 9.

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. An orientation session is offered at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, for those who want to learn to judge and for experienced judges who want a quick refresher course.

The workshop isn't a prerequisite to judge at the Trapper Speech Rendezvous. It's offered because some people feel more comfortable judging after they've been through a brief training.

Bob Becker, NWC's co-director of forensics, said some people are hesitant to judge because they don't think they're qualified, but find it 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 Bob Becker or call (307) 754-6118.