If you have sport specific questions, please contact the coach directly. Please find coaches contact information HERE
Each athlete MUST complete the 2 items below prior to any off season workout or try-outs:
VHSL physical is required for participation. It must be dated after May 1, 2023. The VHSL Physical Form can be found HERE
Please make sure that the insurance information is included, and all parent/student signatures are on the form.
Please turn your Physical into the Activities Office. Mail to: Attn: Chris Worrell ATC West Springfield HS, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield VA, 22152 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Families & student-athletes must complete the online Athletic Registration each school year after May 1stfor the following school year. You can find this link HERE.The information on the registration must be updated each year for the student-athlete to be eligible. Please update any emergency contact information, complete the concussion education, and check the sport(s) that they wish to try-out for.
Instructions for how to complete Athletic Registration can be found HERE
Note: All fields are optional. Leave them blank if you wish
Head Coach: Jack Seraph, Marie Bakke
The Forensics Team is open to all WSHS students, grades 9-12, no experience required. We practice weekly in Room 2413 (by the cafeteria) on Wednesdays, 3pm.
Forensics is a competitive VHSL Activity focused on public speaking. Students may choose from a variety of events including dramatic interpretation, humorous interpretation, poetry, prose, original oratory, storytelling, declamation, extemporaneous speaking, and more. Students choose their pieces and these may be used for the entire school year, or changed at the student's discretion. At practices we work on various public speaking skills as well as development of individual performances.
We have tournaments on our local circuit monthly, our VHSL circuit, and national tournaments as well. There is no minimum requirement to compete. Students choose when they want to compete. Generally, the more you compete, the better you become. Our motto is excellence is the goal, winning the bonus!
The team is coached by Marie Bakke who has coached at WSHS since 2012. Marie is a 2-Diamond National Speech and Debate Association coach, serves as the president of the Northern Virginia Forensics League and is a Tournament Director with the Washington-Arlington CFL. Marie was recognized as the Virginia District NSDA Coach of the Year award in 2022.