The Western Forensics team competes in Individual Events (IE). Forensics IE is a competitive activity which allows students to explore ideas and concepts such as prejudices, relationships, and world politics through literature, drama and current events. Through either an interpretation or prepared speech, team members will compete against some of the brightest and most talented high school students in the state of Michigan. The rewards of Forensics are far-reaching and assist students socially and academically in high school, college,and their careers.
The Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association promotes education-based middle and secondary school speech and debate activities and interscholastic competition as a means to develop a student’s lifelong skills and values, as well as the public’s awareness of the value of speech, debate, and communication education.
As an organization, the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association embraces diversity, interconnection, and visionary leadership while fostering a greater sense of community. We empower students to become proficient communicators, ethical individuals, critical thinkers, lifelong learners and leaders in a democratic society.
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, a summer school of the arts located on a 1,400 acre campus in Michigan’s Manistee National Forest, offers fine arts education for all ages. Each summer, the principal camp program serves more than 5,400 gifted elementary, junior high, and high school students with diverse programs in music, art, dance, and drama while offering more than 175 performances during its Summer Arts Festival. Blue Lake also operates a widely acclaimed International Exchange Program and two public radio stations. Since its inception in 1966, Blue Lake has provided cultural enrichment to more than 300,000 gifted students and countless concert-goers.
After the attempted suicide of a 16 year-old girl results in a coma, a documentary film crew sets out to reveal what happened, leading them to discover footage documenting the torment she suffered at the hands of a bully.
The Bully Chronicles is a one of a kind film that shatters the conventions of filmmaking to bring the secret world of bullying into the light. A revolutionary approach to narrative film, The Bully Chronicles combines unscripted documentary-style filmmaking with a ground breaking take on the 'found footage' style. Inspired by real cases of bullying that happen each and every day across the country, this film is the first of its kind: a fictional story that has the power to launch a movement, transform lives and ignite the end of the bullying epidemic.