Forensic Team Orators Are among the Top Ten in the United States

Posted: May 7, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Seniors Christyn Wallace and Erica Radcliffe, members of the George Mason Forensics Team, represented George Mason and the Commonwealth of Virginia at the 133rd national competition of the Interstate Oratorical Association (IOA) last month in Phoenix, Ariz. Both placed in the top ten of collegiate orators in the United States.

The IOA is the oldest continuous public speaking competition in the world, and only the top two collegiate orators from each state are invited to the annual competition. Wallace won for her speech, “You Can Bring Home the Bacon, but You Had Better Not Cook It in a Teflon Pan,” about the dangers of the chemical PFOA found in products by DuPont and 3M. Radcliffe was recognized for her speech on “Light Pollution.”

Wallace also won third place in two events—persuasive speaking and a dramatic duo interpretation with teammate Courtney Anderson—and fourth place in communication analysis in last month’s American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament. Radcliffe was a national semifinalist in informative speaking and a national quarterfinalist in persuasive speaking at the same tournament.

“Determination, dedication, and drive—that’s what this team is all about,” says director Peter Pober. “That’s what has brought such honor to George Mason.”

forensics team with trophies
The George Mason Forensics Team keeps collecting trophies from wins around the country.
Photo by Evan Cantwell

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