NOVA Forensics Team Begins Season With Big Win

From the sharp-minded debater to the talented performer acting out monologues, to the polished public speaker informing audiences about important issues, the students on the NOVA Forensics Team are academic superstars working hard, competing against the very best and making a difference every season.

The NOVA Nighthawks Forensics Team kicked off its 8th competitive season of intercollegiate speech and debate competition on the Alexandria Campus at the Richard Ernst Invitational. In total, 17 other colleges were present at the prestigious tournament, including James Madison University, George Mason University, Nassau Community College, Cornell University, Duke University, Lafayette College, St. Joseph’s University, West Chester University, Liberty University, University of Akron, University of the Cumberlands, Clark Atlanta University, Richard Bland College, Hofstra University, Scranton University, and Ferris State University.

Mia Griffin (LO Campus) took 1st place in After Dinner Speaking and 3rd place in Prose Performance. Denny Martinez (AL Campus) took home 5th in Program Oral Interpretation and Maryama Arale (AL Campus) won 6th in Persuasive Speaking. Harold Centeno (LO Campus) just missed a medal round in debate.

Special thanks to the following NOVA staff and faculty members who also assisted with the tournament: Lisa Eckstein (AL Campus), Shonette Grant (AL Campus), Jeremy Hodgson (AL Campus), Jack Lechelt (AL Campus), Meredith Aquila (AL Campus), Lucy Holsonbake (AL Campus), Lucy Gebre-Egziabher (AL Campus), Janice Hornyak (AL Campus), Moriah Whiteman (AL Campus), Kush Jenkins (LO Campus), Jenifer Nelson (Academic Affairs), Dr. Willie Pomeroy (Academic Affairs), Karen Kusterer (AN Campus), Provost Pam Hilbert (AN Campus), Christiane Da Silva (Academic Affairs), Amy Hileman (LO Campus), Martina Green (LO Campus), Allison McElfresh (Academic Affairs), and David Gormong (AL Campus).

A special word of thanks to Jessica Gardner (AL Campus) and our talented art students for providing beautiful ceramics for the event as trophies, and to Dean Jimmie McClellan (AL Campus) and the Liberal Arts Division staff for supporting the event.

“Our season is just beginning”, said Dr. Nathan Carter, director of the NOVA Forensics Team, “the team will go on to have even more success in the upcoming months as they prepare to defend the titles won last year at the Phi Rho PI National Tournament.”

The NOVA Forensics Team is also coached by Professor Amy Hileman (LO Campus), Roma Diseati (NOVA Alumni), Brigitte Chavez (NOVA Alumni) and Professor Jeremy Hodgson (AL Campus).

For more information about the NOVA Forensics Team or upcoming Spring semester opportunities, contact Dr. Nathan Carter.

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