Senior Anderson Named Top Speaker; Forensics Team Finishes Fourth in Nation

Posted: April 9, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Courtney Anderson
Courtney Anderson

Senior Courtney Anderson was named the national champion of the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament last week in Long Beach, Calif. A communication and theater major, Anderson was the top individual speaker in the country out of more than 1,000 students from 117 schools, besting her second place finish in last year’s competition.

Anderson also garnered a third-place win in the prose interpretation category, third place in dramatic duo interpretation along with Mason senior Christyn Wallace, and fifth place in dramatic interpretation. She was a quarterfinalist in program oral interpretation.

“I’ve always enjoyed performing,” says Anderson. “I heard about the 30-year legacy of excellence and the strength of tradition that this program had, and I couldn’t wait to audition. Having been a member of this team for four years, I can honestly say that what this organization, and these coaches, can do with a little talent and a lot of hunger is nothing short of extraordinary. I’ve never been prouder to be a member of anything in my life.”

The George Mason team, directed by Peter Pober, finished 4th in the competition, jumping eight spots ahead of its national ranking of 12th last year. The team had 15 quarterfinal wins, 9 semifinal wins, and 6 finalists.

Of the participating schools from more than 40 states, George Mason was the only school in the country to have three students finish in the top 20 overall speakers and performers in the nation. In addition to Anderson’s first-place finish, Wallace finished 7th and senior Chris Koth finished in 18th place.

“Our students have brought great honor to George Mason,” says Pober. “We are ecstatic and excited to promote Patriot pride across the nation.”

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