ABOUT ANOKA FORENSICS
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Speech is an MSHSL Varsity activity, nationally recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA), that dedicates itself to the education of High School and College students in the art of public speaking and performance.
We call it "competitive public performance."
It is broken into two wings, and comprised of thirteen categories. The first Wing of Speech is called "Interpretation." It is the larger of the two, and is made up of Creative Expression, Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Extemporaneous Reading, Humorous Interpretation, Serious Interpretation of Poetry, Serious Interpretation of Prose, and Storytelling. These categories center around acting, both humorous and dramatic, as well as character creation and artistic creativity. The second Wing is called "Public Address." Its focus is primarily on matters of research and traditional public speaking. It is comprised of Discussion, Extemporaneous Speaking, Great Speeches, Informative Speaking, and Original Oratory. For more information on categories, please see our Categories page.
Debate, like Speech, is an MSHSL Varsity activity that is nationally organized by the NSDA. It is broken into three wings: Lincoln-Douglas, which is a one-on-one debate, Public Forum, which is teams of two, and Congressional, which is more political and based around issues and Roberts' Rules of Order.
We require at least one practice a week, recommend two, and encourage more. Our tournaments are on Saturdays, with the exception of Sections, which can change dates. For more information, please contact a coach.
Our mission is to help every student who walks through the door to our teams to become more than they thought that they could be. Through artistic performance and critical thinking and writing skills, we aim to build a better, more complete student at Anoka High School.
Building a Team Culture of Accountability, Responsibility, and Coachability
Culture must be reinforced with guidelines that keep us on the path to our goals. This is our accountability, our method of ensuring continual growth, and these expectations will be our framework.
This activity is an MSHSL Varsity activity. It requires practice and attention, and it requires effort to improve. Like a sport, meeting deadlines, registration fee payment, going to practice, and competing are required to be a part of the team. Failure to do these things may result in removal from the roster.
Lettering in Varsity Speech will require competing at five INVITATIONALS. Sections is a reward for the best on the team, and will no longer be considered a lettering fulfillment.
Lettering in Varsity Speech will also require a practice every week with a coach to make sure that all competitors are held to the same standard.
Last-minute drops hurt the whole team. Drops for the upcoming tournament must be submitted to the coaching staff no later than Wednesday of the week of the tournament.
Every speaker will be on a three-strike system. The first last-minute drop will be a free pass. The second, the speaker will pay the drop fee. The third will result in payment and a meeting with the coach, and will result in not lettering. Any drops past the third may result in removal from the team.
Adhering to the NSDA Code of Honor.
Being sold out for the team, working as hard as you can. When we work hard and hold our friends and teammates to the same standard, we all get better faster.
Speech and debate are a process of learning skills that come naturally to nobody, and that process requires a strong support system to make sure the work is getting done. Parents, friends, and teammates holding our speakers to the standard of Anoka Speech and Debate that we want to create and uphold.
NSDA CODE OF HONOR
An honor society member obeys the highest ethical standards and adheres to the rules of the organization. Members recognize that integrity is central to earning the trust, respect, and support of one’s peers. Integrity encompasses the highest regard for honesty, civility, justice, and fairness.
A member does not regard him or herself more highly than others. Regardless of a person’s level of success, he or she always looks beyond oneself to appreciate the inherent value of others.
A member respects individual differences and fosters diversity. He or she promotes tolerance, inclusion, and empowerment for people from a variety of backgrounds.
A member influences others to take positive action toward productive change. Members commit to thoughtful and responsible leadership that promotes the other core values in the Code of Honor.
A member exercises the talents he or she has been given to provide service to his or her peers, community, and the activity. At all times a member is prepared to work constructively to improve the lives of others.
This activity is recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA,) and membership requires 25 points to become an NSDA member. Membership is optional, but is permanent with a $20 entry fee upon reaching your 25th point. NSDA membership has numerous benefits including scholarships, preferential standing in the college admissions process, lifelong membership, additional attention from recruiters for companies, and preferential treatment in numerous companies’ hiring processes.