Forensics Team Continues Top Placement

Posted: October 14, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer Mitchell

In their very first tournament of the academic year, George Mason’s Forensics Team won overall team sweepstakes and had finalists in every event. The Virginia Is for Lovers Tournament took place the weekend of Oct. 2 and 3 at the Fairfax Campus and featured teams from 12 other schools in the mid-Atlantic region.

The Forensics Team is getting used to this kind of acclaim, having consistently won honors and trophies at past tournaments around the country. The team placed fourth in the nation at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament last semester. Mason was the only team that had three students place in the top 20 speakers or performers in the nation.

Team captain Patrick Barton says that high school students have been recruited to Mason specifically for the forensics program, and he credits director Peter Pober with much of the team’s success. “He made the difference for us in becoming a nationally competitive team. And as one of the five oldest teams in the country, we have a legacy that we’re committed to continuing.”

As well as preparing for weekend tournaments around the country, the team is hosting the first annual George Mason University Patriot Games Classic in December. The tournament will feature teams from high schools along the East Coast that will compete in 10 individual events, including extemporaneous speaking, storytelling, and dramatic interpretation.

This weekend’s event—the Nashville Swing at Tennessee State University—will be one of the toughest of the semester, Pober says. But hours of hard work and dedication by the students are sure to pay off, he feels. “I am so excited about this season! The first-year team members are talented and add depth and drive to the incredibly gifted returning team members. This will be a great year for Mason forensics.”

For more information about Mason’s Forensics Team, see the team’s web site.

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