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About 350 students from 29 high schools in the Coulee Region will try to talk their way to victory during the annual District Forensic Festival Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Students will test their skills in areas such as poetry reading, extemporaneous speaking, radio news reporting and other fields, with a total of 16 categories, including group and solo contests.

Sponsoring the festival is the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association. Executive director Adam Jacobi said students often don’t realize all the benefits they gain from participating in a forensic activity.

“The process of researching and writing their presentations increases vocabulary, improves writing skills and develops critical thinking skills,” Jacobi said.

Some categories require students to analyze state and local decisions and how they affect people, he said, adding, “These higher-order thinking skills become crucial in college applications, essays and job interviews.”

Students who receive 20 points or more at the district festival, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in UW-L’s Centennial Hall, will qualify for the state Forensic meet April 20 in Madison.

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