2021 Summer Committee Meetings

Listed below are the remaining committee meetings being held this summer.
Meet hosts holding virtual meetings will provide the links shortly before the meeting date/time.

Fundraising – Jenny Wittemann (Chair)
Tuesday, August 3 @ 10:00 am – Virtual

Categories* – Deb Uttech (Chair)

Monday, August 9 @ 10:00 am – Virtual

Small Schools – Lora Siehr (Chair)

Monday, August 9 @ 2:00 pm – Virtual

Judges – Joe Danek (Chair)
Tuesday, August 17 @ 10:00 am – In Person at Clement Ave. School
(3666 S. Clement Ave.; Milwaukee, WI 53207)

Communications* – Brett Houdek (Chair)

Thursday, August 19 @ 11:00 am – Virtual

*These committees have a new meeting date/time from what was originally proposed at the Spring Meeting.

Updates and Announcements

2021 Categories

Just a reminder that there are no partner or group entries allowed this year and that all competitors must be individual participants this year.  For a list of this year’s categories and descriptions, please check out this document. The following categories will not be offered for the 2021 season:

    • Impromptu Speaking
    • Group Acting
    • Group Improvisation
    • Group Interpretation

For more information and resources to support your team during this year’s virtual season, please check out this site.

Mock Tournament 

An MLFA sponsored mock tournament is now open for registration. It is for coaches and judges. Use a different personal email address, add you and your colleagues to your team roster, register yourself and fellow coaches in any categories you wish, schedule judges, and join the fun at 10:00 AM January 30th. No performing, just witty banter and an opportunity to get the students’ point of view.

Judges’ Training

Don’t forget, every judge on your team – or potential judge, MUST attend a training and pass the test. They should also watch the Speechwire tutorial about the ballots and what to expect. Remember, everyone logs into live.speechwire.com to compete in a tournament. Everything they need to know in life including the judge training schedule is on the virtual web site link for judges.


The 2021 MLFA shirts are ready for purchase! Buying apparel supports the MLFA in offering guidance, support, and a robust State Forensics Competition to participating Wisconsin schools! Check out this year’s limited-edition apparel here! Orders are due by February 10th and ANYONE (coaches, students, families, etc.) can order and pay online!


“How to Shine as a Virtual Speaker” – December 9th

Zoom Meeting for Coaches on Tips and Tricks
Purpose: To assist your speakers shine during their forensic presentations

Presenter: Mr. Vince Vitrano WTMJ-4 Morning Anchor
Where: Via Zoom Meeting
Link: https://ewscripps.zoom.us/j/97885622419pwd=UUY3NzlRMUtuOExqaGx3tJOVYyUT09

Meeting ID: 978 8562 2419
Passcode: 084947
Meeting ID: 978 8562 2419

When: Wednesday, December 9th
Time: 4:30-5:15 p.m.

*For those who can’t attend, the meeting will be recorded and posted on the website*

Presentation: 4:30-5:00pm

Topics that will be discussed

  • How to talk to the camera as if it was your friend
  • How to calm your fears when talking “live”
  • How to be natural and conversational with an audience you can’t see
  • How to use blocking and body positioning within a camera view

    Q and A Session: 5:15-5:30 pm

    Hope you are able to join what will be a very informative session!

Fall Meeting: November 7th, 2020

Please join us at our annual Fall meeting on Saturday, November 7th from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Committee meetings begin at 8:00 AM, General Business Meeting begins at 8:30. Click here to join!


Questions will be answered, and fears put to rest – we’ve got this!
Overview of the 2021 Virtual Season & Upcoming Training Opportunities

State tournament

As many of us are starting to get notifications of our districts taking precautionary measures to insure the safety of our students and staff, sadly, it is the decision of the Oak Creek School District and the MLFA Executive Board that the 2020 State Tournament is canceled. Due to the unknown length of our school closures, there are no talks of postponing but just canceling the meet altogether.
More details will be coming your way as the executive board communicates and navigates this situation.
We’re still having our Spring Association Meeting where we will have elections for president-elect and treasurer. We’re also in need of a new t-shirt coordinator.
Please stay safe and check your emails for further updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Nikki Prelesnik


Nature Hill Meet Cancelled

From host Melissa Krahn:

Greetings Forensics Teams,

With all of the schools canceling, we no longer have enough adults to host the NHI forensics meet. We are canceling at this time. We will be returning checks during the next week. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this uncharted time.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Nature Hill Meet

As of 5:14 Thursday evening, the Oconomowoc School District is still holding all after school events. The Nature Hill Forensics meet is still on. Please notify Melissa Krahn if your school chooses to not participate.


Hello MLFA coaches. I just wanted to let everyone know that we are aware of the news from Madison and we are all waiting to hear from our districts on the next course of action. I found out that there are a number of area superintendents that are meeting this afternoon and will be issuing a statement regarding the safety of our schools and activities. As news surfaces from our schools, we will be discussing the future plans for the MLFA 2020 season. We will post here on FB as well as on the MLFA Website.