The Lafayette Forensics Society is hosting the 30th annual Novice National Individual Events Tournament March 10-12 in Farinon College Center.
Novice Nationals is open to students in their first year of intercollegiate forensics competition. It follows the same guidelines as the American Forensic Association and is designed to be a low-key, educational, yet competitive atmosphere. This the first time Lafayette has hosted the competition. Bethel University is co-sponsoring the event.
More than 150 students from 25 colleges and universities are expected to compete in events such as prose, poetry, oral interpretation, impromptu speaking, persuasion, after-dinner speaking, Lincoln Douglas debate, and parliamentary debate. Lafayette students who will compete include Ashli Austin ’14 (Easton, Pa.), Peter Berexa ’14 (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Sharon Chen ’15 (Tenafly, N.J.), Daniela Filip ’15 (Chisinau, Moldova), Justin Horn ’15 (Providence, N.J.), Ryan Monahan ’15 (Cranford, N.J.), Marybeth O’Connor ’15 (East Norriton, Pa.), James Pensack ’15 (Nazareth, Pa.), Ryan Raesly ’15 (Nazareth, Pa.), and Tristan Thompson ’13 (Bronx, N.Y.).
The Forensics Society will finish out its season April 19-23 in the National Forensics Association’s national tournament at Ohio University. Lafayette has seen great success on the national level including a national title in Division III speech in 2009 and second-place finishes in both the debate and Division III speech portions in 2010. This year at the Pennsylvania State Tournament, Angela Wnek ’13 (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) won state titles in dramatic interpretation, poetry, and persuasion.