Forensics Team Hosts National Tournament

Posted: April 4, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Kate Passin

With more than 13,000 awards, a national title, numerous top 10 national finishes, and countless other achievements, the Communication Department’s Forensics Program is George Mason’s most successful academic team in the history of the university. Now, the program can add another impressive accomplishment to its 30-year existence. The team hosts the American Forensic Association’s (AFA) 2001 National Individual Events Tournament, April 7-9, on the Fairfax Campus.

Approximately 800 students, coaches, and judges, representing over 100 universities from across the nation, will travel to George Mason to participate in the prestigious tournament. The competition consists of 11 categories, and in each category, there are preliminary, quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds. The finals will be held on Monday, April 9, and the tournament concludes with an awards ceremony. The top 20 teams and top 20 overall speakers are announced during the ceremony.

The AFA National Individual Events Tournament was founded in 1977, and George Mason is one of the tournament’s original member schools. The university is also one of only eight schools to have participated in the tournament every year of the competition’s existence. The forensics team won the tournament in 1979, and has placed in the top 20 every year but two.

For more information about the AFA tournament, contact Jim Kimble at x34119.

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