NOVA Forensics Team Dazzles at Ernst Tournament

On January 20 and 21, NOVA partnered with different community colleges and universities to hold an exciting intercollegiate public speaking, debate and dramatic literature performance tournament! NOVA faculty coaches and student competitors from 12 different colleges and universities gathered in the Bisdorf Building on the Alexandria Campus for two days of exciting forensics competition!

Competing schools included:

  • NOVA
  • George Mason University
  • James Madison University
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • University of the Cumberlands
  • Hofstra University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Nassau Community College
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Liberty University
  • Dutchess Community College
  • Suffolk Community College
  • The University of Akron

The competition was well received by all the participants and historically stands out as one of the finest tournaments in the region due to the high caliber of competition. Forensics competition requires that students work with coaches on a regular basis to sharpen critical thinking, debate, public speaking and acting skills to deliver memorable and moving performances or speeches. Whether it’s informative speaking, debate, or dramatic monologue performance, students who compete in college-level forensics showcase their commitment to hard work and the power of the spoken word.

At the conclusion of the tournament, the NOVA Forensics Team won 3rd place in Overall Team Sweepstakes and several students on the team ended the competition with medals in different events including: Kevin Lin (Poetry Interpretation & Dramatic Duo), Rachel Clark (Dramatic

Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, and Dramatic Duo); Sofia De La Pena (Communication Analysis); and Denny Martinez (Poetry Interpretation).

Special thanks to the dedicated NOVA faculty members and administrators who volunteered their time to serve as judges for this great event! NOVA judges included: Dr. Pam Hilbert, Provost (AN), Brian Anweiler, Director College-Wide Student Life, Dr. Lynette Garrett (AL), Dr. Charles Korn (MA), Dr. Meredith Aquila (AL), Professor Moriah Whiteman (AL), Professor Angie Copeland (AL), Professor Nadeer Chabban (AL), Professor Ayanna Lenard (AL), and Mrs. Linda Campos, Director NOVA’s Institute for Public Service.

The NOVA Forensics Team would not be possible without the hard work of its dedicated coaching staff. Special thanks to Assistant Director of Forensics, Professor Saleha Bholat (LO), and our wonderful new Assistant Coach, Professor Jeremy Hodgson. Additional thanks to the Liberal Arts Division on the Alexandria campus, Dean of the Liberal Arts Division, Dr. Jimmie McClellan (AL), Assistant Dean of Communication Studies and Theatre, Dr. Brenda Lewis-Holmes (AL), NOVA’s Institute for Public Service, the Office of College-Wide Student Activities, and all the hardworking individuals on the Alexandria Campus for supporting this event!

The NOVA Forensics Team is in the midst of its 6th season of intercollegiate competition. Students auditioned for the team in September and began preparation for tournaments in the Fall. There are 16 students on the team representing all of our campuses. As the Spring semester continues, the team will compete at other tournaments and march toward the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., in April! For more information about the tournament, student recruitment or the rest of our exciting season please contact the Director of the NOVA Forensics Team, Dr. Nathan Carter at

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