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Judges needed Jan. 5-6 for high school forensics tournament

Posted December 12, 2017
By NWC News Desk

More than 300 students from nearly 15 schools will be debating, persuading and entertaining their audiences at the 47th Annual Trapper Rendezvous Forensics Tournament for Wyoming high school students Friday and Saturday, Jan. 5 and 6, at Northwest College.

Because so many students compete in the tournament, 50 judges are needed every round to score all the events, which include poetry, dramatic, duet and humorous interpretation; extemporaneous, oratory, and informative speaking; as well as program oral interpretation 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. 2, in the Yellowstone Building, Room 208. For an individual appointment, contact Bob Becker, assistant professor of speech communication and Forensics coach, at or 307-754-6118.

Oftentimes, people are hesitant to help judge because they don't think they’re qualified but find it quite simple and enjoyable when they participate, Becker noted. The fundamental component of judging individual events involves ranking performances from best to worst.

The team resumes travel and competition after hosting the Trapper Rendezvous tournament for high schools.

For the full travel schedule, visit and click the “Schedule & Results” link.