Bragging Rights: Mason Forensics Team Makes History

Posted: April 8, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: April 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm

For the first time in the history of the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament, the top four placements in the nation for a single event were garnered by one single school, George Mason University, reports Forensics Team Director Peter Pober.

Two freshmen and two sophomores placed first through fourth in the nation in Extemporaneous Speaking.

In a hard-fought battle with nearly 100 schools participating (1,504 individual entrants qualified for the national tournament this year), Mason placed fourth overall, with seven national finalists, 11 national semifinalists, and 19 national quarterfinalists.

According to Pober, 2010 was the team’s third consecutive year in the top five and its 30th time in the top 10 nationally.

“I could not be more proud of this very young group that certainly made the nation stand up and take notice,” Pober says.

Congratulations to the following Forensics Team members:

  • National Champion Extemporaneous Speaking: Will Bellows, government and international politics major
  • Second Place Extemporaneous Speaking: Brennan Morris, undeclared major
  • Third Place Extemporaneous Speaking: Billy Strong, government and international politics major
  • Third Place Program Oral Interpretation: David Tuck, English major
  • Third Place Dramatic Duo: Aaron Boudreaux, communication major, and Michael Lynch, biology major
  • Fourth Place Impromptu Speaking: Colston Reid, government and international politics major
  • Fourth Place Extemporaneous Speaking: Rob Warchol, government and international politics major
  • Semifinalists Prose Interpretation: Jennifer Torres, psychology major, and Tyler Dailey, English major
  • Semifinalist Impromptu Speaking: Will Bellows
  • Semifinalist After-Dinner Speaking: Aaron Boudreaux
  • Quarterfinalist Prose Interpretation: Mickey Cox, history major
  • Quarterfinalist Informative Speaking: Pat Mahoney, administration of justice major
  • Quarterfinalists Impromptu Speaking: Mickey Cox and Billy Strong
  • Quarterfinalists Dramatic Duo: Katie Miller, anthropology major, and Quincey Smith, communication major
  • Quarterfinalist Program Oral Interpretation: Mickey Cox
  • Quarterfinalist Poetry Interpretation: Katie Miller
  • Quarterfinalist After-Dinner Speaking: Colston Reid

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