The art of forensics fosters a student's skills as a public speaker, communicator, community leader, and spoken word artist. Students on the DSHA Forensics team prepare and deliver speeches or dramatic presentations that inform, influence, and entertain. There are a variety of competition categories from which students can choose, including but not limited to, poetry, special occasion, play acting, or extemporaneous speaking. The team competes against other southeastern Wisconsin high schools at tournaments held during the spring semester. Preparation for competition takes place during the fall semester and includes coach-guided selection and editing of material and rehearsal. The team typically competes at the state tournament, held in Ripon, as well as at the locally hosted National Forensics League qualifier. DSHA student competitors are able to qualify for entry into the National Forensics League Honor Society, which sponsors scholarships and a national competition.