Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
The Freedom High School Forensics Team recently competed at the VHSL State Forensics Championship Tournament. After competing at the regional and super regional levels, the team qualified two students to compete at the state level on March 24 at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian.
Alexa Zaldivar placed second in original oratory and Genesis Villanueva placed third in poetry interpretation. Overall the Freedom Forensics team tied for ninth place in the state.
Forensics is an extra-curricular academic program of the Virginia High School League that supports speech programs in the local high schools by providing statewide competition in eleven speech events, including original oratory, poetry interpretation, storytelling, dramatic interpretation, and others.
Both juniors now, Alexa and Genesis became best friends in ninth grade when they met in their theatre class Their theatre teacher and forensics coach, Albert Smith, said, “They showed exceptional talent then and both have a very strong work ethic. Last year they competed in Duo Interpretation and made it to the regional level. This is the first year they’ve competed in their current respective events and their hard work really paid off. Freedom High School and Prince William County Schools can be very proud of the way they represented the school and the county.”
Alexa noted that Forensics is more than a competition for her. “It’s a way for people to find their full potential and chance to show their love for performing.”
Genesis added that, “Forensics is not just about winning to me. It’s about falling in love with a piece of literature and communicating and sharing that with the rest of the world.”