GMU Forensics Team places 2nd at the American Forensics Association Tournament

Congratulations to the Mason Forensics Team on a successful tournament!

GMU Forensics Team places 2nd at the American Forensics Association Tournament
GMU Forensics Team

During the weekend of April 6-8th, The George Mason University Forensics Team traveled to the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire to compete at the American Forensics Association. Mason placed 2nd out of almost sixty schools, edging out teams from the University of Alabama, Bradley University, University of Illinois-Chicago, Cornell University and the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Individual results are as follows, where semifinalists indicates top 12 in the country and quarterfinalist would be top 24:

Molly Izer, Senior, Government major, Oregon: Impromptu Semi-Finalist, National Champion in Informative, National Champion in Poetry

Eleni Mercer, Senior, Governement major, Florida: Semifinalist in Informative Speaking, Semi-Finalist Poetry Interpretation,  2nd place Duo with Prem Ganesan, 2nd place Program Oral Interpretation, 9th place Overall Speaker.

Prem Ganesan, Junior, Economics Major, Minneapolis: Semi-Finalist Informative Speaking, Semi-Finalist After Dinner Speaking, Semi-Finalist Program Oral Interpretation, 6th place Prose Interpretation, 2nd place Duo Interpretation with Eleni Mercer, National Champion Communication Analysis, 2nd Place Overall Speaker.

Gustavo Lanz, Senior, Government major: Quarter-Finalist Impromptu Speaking, Semi-Finalist Communication Finalist, National Champion Extemporaneous Speaking, 20th Place Overall Speaker. 

Freya Hutton, Sophomore, Philosophy Major, Virginia: Quarter-Finalist Communication Analysis, Semi-Finalist Persuasive Speaking.

Lexi Martinez, Sophomore, Social Justice and Human Rights and Legal Studies, Texas: Quarter-Finalist Prose Interpretation and Semi-Finalist Informative Speaking.

Samuel Dalachinsky, First Year, Psychology Major, Florida: Semi-Finalist Informative Speaking.

**Larry Schnoor Distinguished Service Award: Nance Riffe (Mason Alum 1998)

Also contributing to the team’s success, Brooke Gorman Junior Communication from Tennessee, Cassidy Gunter First Year Criminology major from Virginia, Neelam Gurung First Year Government Major from Idaho, Atiya Idris Junior Health Administration major from Virginia, Baraka Kashal, Senior Global Affairs major from California, Sujay Khona 

Sujay Khona Junior Film and Business major from Virginia, Evanna Koury Junior Government Major from Virginia, Alexandria Laswell Junior Government Major from Virginia, Grace Martinez-Cora, First Year Social Justice major from Virginia, Emma Redden, Junior Communication major from Pennsylvania, Alvaro Sandi-Alvarado Sophomore Forensics Science major from Virginia, Lucy Sarkissian, First Year Government major from Colorado, and Adam Schultz First Year Government major from Virginia.

The team is coached by Dawn Lowry; Tyler Watkins, BA Political Communication '15, MA Health Communication '17; Brennan Mock, Communication Graduate Student, Emily Williams, BA Sharr School Of Government ’23, Tom Murabito, BS Sharr School of Government ’21, and Kate (Denardi) Polit, BS Public Administration '12, MA Communication '14.