HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - N.R. Burger Middle School student, Claire Kinnell is a seventh grader and member of the school's Junior Forensics League.
Kinnell said, "It actually gives you a chance to express yourself in school because the rest of the time they are like - be quiet and do your work."
All of the students on the team have similar interests and a flair for performing. Recently four members of the team, including Millicent Krebs, advanced to a semi-final round in a couple of competitions meaning they had to beat some older High School students.
"I think everyone didn't see it coming, all of these young kids from N.R. Burger being such good actors and being able to portray characters so well," said Krebs.
This is the very first year for the forensics team at the Middle School. Eighth grade student Jarrius Adams said he was eager to participate in it.
According to Adams, "My calling to me is to act and be in front of a lot of people and being in front of a lot of people, it's just makes me feel so free."
Adams's team mate and fellow eighth grader, English Strange, feels the same way. Strange enjoys performing dramatic pieces.
"It's just, it's getting me started because forever I've just wanted to be an actress and I'm still going for that no matter what people say," said Strange.
The eighth grade students on the team that we spoke to all say they plan to continue with forensics at Hattiesburg High School next year.