Fisher earns Forensics excellence for fourth time
When it comes to forensics, St. Croix Central senior Krysta Fisher has all the characteristics of perfection.
Fisher achieved her fourth perfect score in prose at State Forensics, on April 15-16, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Fisher said she participates in the speech and acting club because she has a passion for speaking.
Fisher said participating in forensics in middle school helped her overcome shyness and prepare her for forensics at the high school level. She also credits her friends, family, teammates and coach, Heather Jourdeans, for pushing her to be her best.
Fisher said the most difficult part of preparing for competition is "getting yourself in the mindset; getting ready for it mentally."
She said she gets more nervous introducing herself to the judges than when she is actually performing her piece.
"When I actually get into the piece I put myself into my character's shoes and try to be the character that I'm portraying," she said.
Fisher wasn't expecting to make it to state her first year in high school forensics, let alone earn a gold pin.
"After my first one, I was actually aiming for all four. I kept pushing myself to do it better and better each year," she said.
Fisher said words can't describe how it felt winning her fourth consecutive gold medal.
"I was like, 'Wow.' I can't even explain the feeling. Now it's starting to set in, but I'm still amazed by it," she said.
Fisher said hard work and confidence are important factors in being successful in forensics.
"It's all about confidence. You really find yourself when you're doing a piece about someone else," she said. "As long as you're confident and you know what you're going to be judged on, you'll do just fine."
During her four years in forensics, Fisher continuously worked to improve her annunciation, speaking skills, hand gestures and believable delivery of characters.
In her freshman year, Fisher portrayed a girl who was trying to fit in. The following year her piece centered around high school secret crushes. During her junior year, Fisher performed a serious piece about bullying. Fisher topped off her senior year in forensics with an emotional piece about a girl dealing with breast cancer.
Fisher said of all four years, she doesn't have a favorite topic or performance.
"I thought every single year was really a good piece and I could play the parts well. Each piece was so different. I had some comedy in some and some were really really serious. It's cool seeing how I can challenge myself playing a new role every year," she said.
Fisher will be taking more than just four gold medals with her after graduation, as she said she's learned something from each of the characters she's portrayed.
What will Fisher take from this year's character as a young woman with breast cancer?
"How strong my character was. At the beginning of the piece it talked about how shocked she was about it and how (cancer) was just going to hurt her life. But later on in the piece it tells how she's going to win the battle and how she's going to beat cancer and be a better person because of all that she's been through," Fisher said. "I'm definitely going to take that away with me and take it as no matter what life throws at me, it's going to make me a better person in the end. Because as long as you can fight through it, you're going to come out stronger."
Fisher said the SCC forensics team is like a big family.
"I can't stop saying thank you to all of them. They have all pushed me to do my best. In the best of ways they've pushed me. They've always told me how proud they are of me. We've all helped each other through it, practicing with each other, and it really helps when you have a good team," she said.
Jourdeans said in four years Fisher developed into a phenomenal speaker.
"It's that ability to be able to interpret a piece of literature and make us as viewers essentially feel with her as she's interpreting that. And that is something she has become very very good at," she said.
Jourdeans said you see a different side of somebody in forensics.
"Krysta's amazingly strong in forensics and I don't think a lot of people see that strength on a daily basis," she said. "For Krysta I think it's an avenue to be a different person almost."
Jourdeans says she feels fortunate to have worked with Krysta the last four years.
"Even for someone who is shy, clearly forensics can transform, and that is inspiring," she said.
Fisher said she plans on staying in touch with her forensics family even after she leaves for college.
Although Fisher is going to attend college for graphic design, she says she plans on staying involved in forensics in some degree.
"Whether it's through forensics in college or becoming a judge or a coach for forensics, that would be really cool. I really want to become a judge," Fisher said.
Jourdeans says she hopes forensics, has given Fisher "confidence to be extremely successful in graphic design. Be it in the interview process, talking with professors, presentations she may find herself in in college, maybe even doing forensics as an extracurricular in college, but in the very least, I think it's given her such a wonderful stepping stone to help her with her future success