Membership on the Saint James Forensics Team is available to high school students in grades 9-12 and to middle school students in grade 8. Forensics (speech and debate) helps students develop skills in researching, thinking on their feet, and communicating at a high level. Because Saint James places great value in providing opportunities to sharpen the communication skills of its students, STJ Forensics Team has a long history of being successful at local and national level competitions.
Students that show ability, discipline, and strong ethics and conduct will have a chance to compete at regional and/or national level, potentially traveling to such places as Harvard University and Chicago in any given year. Additionally, we will travel to numerous regional tournaments. A forensics course is offered as an academic elective for students in grades 9-12. This course introduces competitive forensics and provides time for tournament preparation within the school day. It can be taken more than once for credit.
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