Welcome to Wildcat Forensics…
and no we are not talking CSI here. Forensics is the art or study of argumentation and formal debate. Cypress Woods Forensics is committed to providing students with co-curricular activities that serve to enhance the educational experience of our students. Our forensic competitions will include public speaking, interpretation and debate events. This program is open to all students regardless of their prior experiences in speech and debate. Our program seeks to empower students to become effective communicators, critical thinkers and leaders on our campus and in our community.
The Wildcat Forensics Team competes in tournaments governed by three forensics organizations:
National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) – formerly known as the National Forensics League (NFL) is the nation’s oldest and largest speech and debate honor society in the country. Since its founding in 1925 the NSDA has enrolled over 1 million students from every state in the country. Events offered through the NSDA include Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Original Oratory, United States Extemporaneous Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, Lincoln Douglas Debate, Cross Examination Debate, Public Forum Debate and Student Congress.
Texas Forensics Association (TFA) is the state level forensics organization which governs forensics competition in the Texas. This organization is divided into geographic regions and hosts the annual TFA State tournament in which students are allowed to compete if they meet the qualifying standards set by the organization. TFA offers competition in Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Duet Acting, Original Oratory, US Extemporaneous Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, LD Debate, Cross Ex Debate, Public Forum Debate and Student Congress.
University Interscholastic League (UIL) is the governing body that oversees athletic and academic competitions in the state. UIL “No Pass, No Play” standards are in effect for the forensics program here at Cy Woods. Academics will always take a priority for our team. UIL Academic competitions include speech events such as LD Debate, Cross Ex Debate, Persuasive Speaking, Informative Speaking, Prose Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation.
Then there is the Tournament of Champions (TOC), which has two high school tournaments held annually. The TOC is held at the University of Kentucky on the last weekend of April. The TOC functions as independent tournaments rather than an overarching organization governing high school speech & debate. As such, the TOC does not directly control the dozens of other national tournaments which occur weekly across the United States. Rather, the Tournament of Champions uses the results of other tournaments to provide the criteria for qualifying to its own event.
National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC) is the the individual events equivalent to the Tournament of Champions. In order to qualify, students must collect NIETOC “Bids” by getting far enough in out-rounds at several tournaments. The NIETOC will offer competition in: Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Original Oratory, and Duet Acting. They will also offer the supplemental events of Prose and Poetry and Expository. Champions in Main Events and Supplemental Events will receive scholarships.
Since its inception in 1972, the Tournament of Champions has emerged as the premier championship for high school debaters who frequently compete nationally in policy debate, Lincoln–Douglas debate, Public Forum Debate and Congressional Debate. It is the most prestigious tournament on the “national circuit,” representing the most competitively successful debaters from the nation’s most prestigious invitational debate tournaments.
Cy-Woods is proud to be one of the nation’s NIETOC bid schools – meaning speech students who place in the Cy-Woods tournament receive a bid to the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC).