WFCA Fall 2015 Meeting and Coaching Clinic
The WFCA Fall Meeting was held Saturday September 12 at Appleton East High School. The day began with a Coaching Clinic in the morning before the afternoon meeting.
Meeting topics included:
Approval of the minutes of the Spring 2015 meeting
Category Commitee Proposals (all were approved without modification)
Changes to Student Congress rules
A proposal to add to State Tournament Disqualification Procedures (passed with some minor amendments to be posted later)
Location and dates of the 2017 State Tournament
Future Coaching Clinics
Site of 2017 State Tournament will be at UW-Whitewater, either March31-April 1 or April 7-8
Notice of Proposed Changes to Operating Bylaws - Fall 2015
Amendments to all articles of the operational bylaws may be made if proposed and published on the WFCA website stating the specific wording of the change to be given to the members entitled to vote at a general meeting of the WFCA not less than three weeks before the date of such meeting. Amendments to the operational bylaws must be passed by majority vote of the membership present at that general meeting.
Additional bylaw proposals may be submitted by August 21 to the WFCA President Deb Weiher-Traas,
Proposals not affecting the bylaws do not have to adhere to this deadline.
Proposals for the September 12, 2015 meeting: (full wording under the "Read More" link)
PROPOSAL 1: Add to State Tournament Disqualification Procedures
The 2015 WFCA Spring Meeting was held on May 9 in Wisconsin Dells. Here is a brief summary:
Three distinguished coaches with over century of combined experience were inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame for their contributions to their students, the WFCA, and the forensics community:
Bonni Knight, Eau Claire North
Doris Sexton, West Bend East
Ron Steinhorst, New London & Waupaca
Due to construction at Ripon High School, the Ripon community is not a suitable location for the 2016 State Tournament. A proposal was approved to have the 2016 tournament at UW-Whitewater on Saturday, April 2, 2016, with Student Congress being there on April 1. An ad-hoc committee will be looking into tournament facilities for future years.
The 2015-16 proposed calendar was presented. The 2016 State Tournament dates are fixed, but the remainder of the calendar will become official at the fall meeting in September.
Officer terms concluded for Kirt Graves as Past-President and Michael Traas as Secretary. Elections were held for the two open positions. Michael Traas was re-elected as Secretary, and Mariah Ervin was elected as President-Elect. Officers continuing to serve next year are Deb Weiher-Traas, President; Joe Meinecke, Past-President; and Jon Balcerak, Treasurer.
–– Two fo the Hall of Fame inductees Doris Sexton and Ron Steinhorst
Category Committee Proposals
The WFCA Category Committee has proposed the following rule changes to be voted on at the 2015 WFCA Fall Meeting on September 12.
1. 2015-16 Category Topics
All were approved without modification.
Proposal: Propose the 2016 topics for Moments in History, Special Occasion, and Storytelling.
Moments in History
1940s or 1450-1650 (individual student's choice)
1. a speech at a charity event
2. a speech to the United Nations
3. a speech at a self-help seminar
4. a political victory or concession speech
1. a Latin American story
2. a story about a holiday
3. a story about a quest
4. a story about a force of nature
2. Farrago Proposal:
Approved without modification.
Clarify the flexibility that students have in how to structure a farrago performance in terms of source citation and whether or not to use transitional introductions. To accomplish this, the WFCA category rules would be amended with the following changes:
Rules for Farrago
2. An introduction, which includes titles, authors, [establishes the] tone and theme is required, and along with any necessary transitions [,if any are used], is to be presented without the use of notes. [All selections must be verbally identified by title and author. It is at the presenter's discretion where, when, and how to accomplish those identifications.] The introduction must be the original work of the speaker. The presentation may begin with a read portion of the selected material prior to the presenter’s personal introduction. The student must identify the genre of each selection presented.
2015 Wisconsin Forensics Coaches' Association Champions Announced
Results on Speechwire
Team Sweepstakes Numbers
Team Standings per Division
RIPON, Wis. (April 11, 2015) – The Wisconsin Forensics Coaches' Association (WFCA) announces the winners of the 2015 WFCA State Tournament. The event was hosted by Ripon College, Ripon Middle School, and Ripon High School.
This year’s congress, speech, and interpretive event state champions include
- Niyaz Nurbhasha from Brookfield East High School in Congress
- Renee Kar-Johnson from James Madison Memorial High School in Demonstration Speaking
- Andrew Maddox and Sam Wood from James Madison Memorial High School in Duo Interpretation
- Alekh Kale from James Madison Memorial High School in Extemporaneous Speaking
- Annika Clawson from Arrowhead Union High School in Farrago
- Ellie Landwehr from Arrowhead Union High School in Four Minute Speaking
- Arthuro Cortes, Arnulfo Cortes, Zebediah Boos, Ramon Rocha, and Ben Cruz from St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Group Interpretive Reading
- Dahlia Tesfamichael from Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Interpretation of Poetry
- Dell Hune from Sun Prairie High School in Interpretation of Prose
- Abby DuRussel from James Madison Memorial High School in Moments in History
- Carter Touchet from Appleton North High School in Oral Interpretation of Literature
- Apoorva Selvaraj from Brookfield East High School in Oratory
- Elizabeth Robbins and Jack Votava from James Madison Memorial High School in Play Acting
- Will Bartkowski from Brookfield East High School in Radio Announcing
- Ian Olson from Appleton East High School in Solo Acting Humorous
- Tanner Nuon from Appleton East High School in Solo Acting Serious
- Dani Kallis from Sussex-Hamilton High School in Special Occasion Speaking
- Gillian Staeven from DeForest High School in Storytelling
Senior competitors awarded $1000 scholarships were
- Daksh Barghava from Sun Prairie High School
- Katherine Cichon from Appleton East High School
- Elizabeth Gartman from Sheboygan North High School
- Leon Pan from James Madison Memorial High School
- Cole Pankratz from Waupaca High School
- Kaleigh Pieroth from Arrowhead Union High School
Coach Elliott Fischer from Sun Prairie High School was awarded the William Hintz Memorial Award for Coaching Excellence.
In team awards, James Madison Memorial High School was named Division 1 State Champion, Wauwatosa East High School was named Division 2 State Champion, and Durand High School was named Division 3 State Champion.
The tournament marks the capstone of high school competitive speech activities for thousands of students around the state. This year, more than 941 participated in the WFCA State Tournament from 71 schools.
About the Wisconsin Forensics Coaches Association
Established in 1972, the WFCA's mission is "to instill and develop in students communication skills vital for a lifetime of effective participation in a democratic society." To that end, the WFCA promotes the interests of Wisconsin interscholastic forensics by assisting in the regulation and improvement of forensic practices and by serving as a forum for the airing of opinions concerning forensic activities. Member schools receive notices of invitational tournaments through an official mailing list. In addition to sponsoring a full calendar of tournaments, WFCA offers training and program support. The season culminates with the State Tournament, open to every member school. For more information, visit www.wfcaforensics.org.
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Matthew Prost, Wisconsin Forensics Coaches Association,
, (920) 261-4352, Ext. 181