The Certamen Team is the gathering of Latin students who are interested in competition level Latin in a quiz bowl format. Students gather each fall to learn the various elements of Latin competition present in the Certamen competition and to be instructed in the strategies and content. The club concentrates it focus mostly during September through January, which coincide with the State Convention preparation months. After that it only convenes during the summer to practice for the national competition in late July. This team attracts students who are highly motivated to compete in a "jeopardy- type" game against other classics students throughout the nation.
In this activity, students debate a national topic with other students from both Wisconsin and around the country. Debate is a highly rewarding activity and students develop researching, organizing, and speaking skills. Debate is also a great way to meet people from all over the state and continental United States. Homestead has traditionally been one of the best teams in the state. The Debate Club meets one night a week in addition to the debate meets themselves and the time spent on research. Students may join by attending the fall organizational meeting and indicating an interest.
Forensics is an individual and team activity in which students prepare and deliver various kinds of speeches, dramatic readings, or plays at festivals and competitive tournaments. Among the sixteen categories are the following: play acting, demonstration speech, humorous and serious solo acting, interpretive reading of poetry and prose, group discussion, and others. Beginning in January and continuing through April, students compete in festivals and tournaments with Milwaukee schools, North Shore Conference schools, and other southeastern Wisconsin schools. Students who qualify through sub-district and district contests compete in Madison at the state tournament in April. Students sign up for forensics in late October. Members of the Forensics Team attend weekly coaching sessions during the season. Forensics is open to all students.
The math team competes in several meets throughout the year. Some of the meets provide an opportunity for students to compete at different levels (JV and Varsity) while others are geared more towards upperclassmen. There is one freshman meet held each year. A math team is generally made up of eight students who are selected based on their abilities in math. In competition, the individual events traditionally include problems in algebra, geometry, advanced math, and problem solving. Students interested in becoming involved in the math team should contact the club advisors to get more information.
The Robotics Team is an opportunity for students to design and build a robot to enter in the First Tech Challenge (FTC) Wisconsin competition. Each year FTC issues a challenge problem that participating teams need to address when designing and building their robot. Each team, of up to 10 students, offers the opportunity for students to bring their talents to the effort. We need designers, builders, drivers and computer programmers to compete in the individual challenge.