Forensics is the art of public speaking consisting of different categories such as original oratory, story-telling, poetry, prose, serious dramatic, humorous dramatic, foreign extemporaneous and more. The 2018-2019 forensics team will kick off on [TBA] under the jurisdiction of coaches Fay Cunningham and Abigail Baum. Team members will stay after school to rehearse independently or work with other teammates to constantly improve their pieces to be the very best they can be. Their objective is working towards a level where they can compete at the District, Regional, and State levels. At the District and Regional levels, every team members performs in three rounds with two different judges per round. Those who place in the top three for their category will move on to the next level. At the State level, the students perform in three rounds as before, but with an extended break following the third round as adjudicators tally up the students' rankings. Those who rank in the top six will perform in a final round to decide first through sixth place state rankings.
The AHS forensics team has placed first as a whole at the District level for a consecutive fifteen years running, placed first as a whole at the Regional level for nine out of ten consecutive years, and placed first as a whole at the State level in 2012. And the most recent accomplishment is the 2014-2015 team going to States and placing in the top three in many categories!
In the 2016-17 year, the Albemarle Forensics team won first at states in both the VHSL and VCFL leagues.
Students wishing to audition for the Forensics team for the 2016-2017 school year must prepare a 45 second to 1 minute monologue that is best suited for the category or categories they intend to audition for. (With the exception of Impromptu and Extemporaneous auditionees, who will be asked to undergo a shortened version of an actual round.)
The following are the categories that students may audition for:
Humorous Duo Interpretation
Serious Duo Interpretation