NIAGARA, - The 2012 Niagara High School forensics team recently competed in the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association state competition.
All members involved in the state meet were awarded medals and competed in the following categories: Demonstration, Four Minute, Farrago, Poetry, Prose, Radio Speaking, and Group Interpretation.
The WHSFA sponsors middle and high school interscholastic events in speech, debate and theatre in the state of Wisconsin. This year, over 8,000 Wisconsin high school students began the exciting journey through the forensic season. Each student engages in a total of six competitive rounds of speaking at the sub-district and district levels with the hope of gaining enough points to participate at state. The University of Wisconsin-Madison campus has hosted this event since 1889, making this association the oldest of its kind in the United States.
Niagara High School boasts one of the largest public speaking teams in Wisconsin, according to a spokesperson. Approximately, one in four students at Niagara High School participates in competitive public speaking.
The high school has had a long-standing tradition of producing large, successful teams that rival high schools with student body populations more than 10 times their size.
The 2012 NHS Forensics team that competed in Madison, Wis. included Sarah Aguiar, Maria Sparapani, Rachael Broullire, Maison Huth, Andre Anna Reed, Hannah Waugen, Zoe Fromm, Jenna Carlton, Danielle Bennett, Marah Harvath, Emily Powalka, Paige Lindlbauer, Kate Nawn, Courtney Stankevich, Devon Lantagne, Madison Depas, Kaitlyn Lundin, Ashley Morin, Ian Kawetschanky, Tom Sielaff, Sam Zeurn, Sami Schuh, Chris Westrich, Rebecca Morstad, Delaney Wagener, Shanna Nordell, Trevor Lantagne, Zach Zychowski, Brett Pultz, Colin Anderson, Domenic Spigarelli, and Nate Moll, Wyatt Aderman, Mary Ellen Wagener, Valerie Massicotte, Jacob Oratch, and Courtney Lantagne.
"The competitive nature of the program helps students to refine their communication skills, and these skills will serve them well in the future. We are very thankful to past advisors for building a strong public speaking foundation within our high school. Our team goal is to continue this tradition of success within the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association," said Domenic Spigarelli, a sophomore at NHS and two-time gold medal winner.