The World of Forensics: Where Communication Meets Competition

At Carrollwood Day School, we believe in nurturing well-rounded students who excel not only in academics but also in various extracurricular activities. One such avenue for honing valuable skills is the world of forensics, where competitive public speaking takes center stage.

Forensics, in this context, isn't about solving crimes but rather about mastering the art of persuasive and impactful communication. It's a platform that allows students to harness their research, writing, critical thinking, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills while engaging in friendly competition.

In the realm of forensics, students can choose from seven distinct categories to showcase their abilities:

  1. Oral Interpretation of Poetry
  2. Dramatic Interpretation
  3. Dramatic Duo
  4. Declamation
  5. Original Oratory
  6. Impromptu
  7. Oral Interpretation of Literature

Each category offers a unique challenge, requiring students to delve deep into literature, harness their creativity, and deliver compelling performances.

Carrollwood Day School takes immense pride in being the home of the Bay Area Forensics League. We not only participate in forensics competitions but also host four of them each year. These events bring together middle school students from various schools in the area, creating a vibrant platform for friendly rivalry and skill development.

Our first forensics competition of the year, on Wednesday, October 4th, was a resounding success. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the CDS students who demonstrated their unwavering commitment to becoming effective communicators and risk-takers by competing passionately.

  • Charley H. (placed in duo interpretation)
  • Lamees S. (placed in duo interpretation)
  • Kiyana R. (first place in original oratory)
  • Anshul S. ( placed in declamation)
  • Owen P. (placed in declamation)
  • Lauren A. (placed in prose)
  • Adith B. (placed in original oratory)
  • Sophia Y. (original oratory)
  • Vishi K. (declamation)

Forensics isn't just about winning; it's about personal growth, skill refinement, and the joy of effective expression. We look forward to witnessing our students continue to thrive in this exciting arena of competitive public speaking throughout the year. Stay tuned for more updates on our forensics journey at CDS!

Thank you to our middle school Learning Specialist, Aliya Killion, for facilitating not only this club but the competition at CDS.