Forensics Student Ranks Second in Nation

Posted: April 24, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski and Kyle Barrett

Enduring laryngitis and tough competition, junior Courtney Anderson took home two second place wins at the National Collegiate Public Speaking Competition held at the University of Mississippi this month. A double major in communication and theatre, Anderson earned second-in-the-nation distinction for her informative speech, “Liquid Magnets,” and her humorous after-dinner speech, “Racial Commodification.”

“You have to have passion,” says Anderson. “You have to want to do it. Our coaches are strong and encouraging. We are taught how to be champions.”

As a team, George Mason placed 12th in the nation, moving up one spot from last year’s event. Competing among 89 colleges and universities and 720 competitors, George Mason was the highest ranking nonscholarship team at the tournament. Western Kentucky took home this year’s top honor, and the University of Texas and the University of Alabama rounded out the top three.

“The team’s success depends on a consistent level of coaching and a committed group of students who believe in themselves,” says Holly Sisk, director of the team.

The George Mason forensics team is the university’s most successful academic team. Since its creation in 1971, it has earned more than 14,000 trophies.

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