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Newly formed Forensics Team achieves national recognition

April 7, 2010 : University Advancement staff

Liberty University’s Forensics Team ended its first year with a victory at the National Christian College Forensics Invitational, hosted by Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio.

LU brought home the second-place Team Sweeps trophy, competing against 27 other colleges, including Covenant College, Bethel University, University of Virginia and Cedarville University.

Intercollegiate Forensics is an academic competition focused on advanced skill in oratory. Tournaments include three types of competition: platform oratory, limited preparation oratory, and oral interpretation. Students are critiqued on the quality of their presentation and the quality of their selection.

Team members Christina Haynes, Josh Wade, Meridith Brush and Colin Dowd placed third overall with their Reader’s Theatre presentation of The Singer, as adapted by Liberty professor Dr. Darlene Graves. Dowd ranked second in the nation for Interpretation of Faith Literature; Wade placed fourth in the nation with his poetry interpretation; and Brush ranked tenth in the nation for Novice Sweepstakes Points earned and is the national champion for Communication Analysis.

The team was established this year when Dr. William Mullen and Dr. Cecil Kramer, professors at LU, responded to a request from students in the School of Communication for a Forensics team. Andrew Jones, an adjunct instructor for Communications 101, was appointed director in the fall of 2009. None of the members had prior experience in collegiate speech competition before joining the team, making the national rankings even more noteworthy.

“The Forensics Team is important because it is an opportunity for students who come to Liberty for their education to showcase their rising talent and skill as spokesmen, scholars, and leaders of a new generation,” Jones said.