Forensics Team Hosts Tournament, Prepares for Nationals

Posted: February 16, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Closing up another successful season, the George Mason forensics team will be host to more than 200 students from across the nation this weekend for the “Virginia is for Lovers” Spring Tournament Feb.19-20 on the Fairfax Campus. James Madison University cosponsors the event.

Approximately 30 schools from 15 states as far away as California will converge to compete in 11 American Forensics Association speech competition events, including impromptu speaking, informative speaking, and persuasive speaking. The competition will begin at approximately 8 a.m., and awards will be announced at 8:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall One.

“This is the last opportunity for the top programs in the nation to see each other before nationals, and that’s one of the things that draws them to Mason,” says Peter Pober, director of forensics. “Our national tournament is only seven weeks away. The momentum and excitement are incredible.”

Founded in 1971, the George Mason forensics team is the university’s most successful academic team-and getting even better. At their most recent tournament in West Chester, Pa., the team placed first, and every single student from George Mason advanced to a final round. The team also placed fourth in the national competition last year, jumping eight spots ahead from its 2003 ranking.

The students are gearing up for the national tournament at Kansas State University at the end of March. On March 25, the team will present “Night of Stars,” a pre-tournament celebration honoring the team’s accomplishments and highlighting some of the finalists heading to the national tournament.

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