GMU Forensics Team

GMU Forensics Team George Mason University Forensics Team! The GMU Forensics Team is an intercollegiate speech team. We represent George Mason at regional and national speech competitions in much the same way the Patriot track and basketball teams do.

Forensics is public speaking and oral interpretation of literature, with events designed to focus on each of the ways the spoken word can be used to persuade or move an audience. GMU Forensics has been the most successful team in George Mason's history, continuously ranking in the national top 35 schools every year since 1975, the top 5 schools each year since 2007, and even garnered the National Championship in 1979. One published study revealed that GMU is one of the few schools on the national level that has, over the past twenty years, remained solidly among the top programs. Perhaps most amazingly, GMU Forensics has achieved this success with students just like you. Some of them have had experience in high school forensics, but many have not. Students come from far and wide to contribute to the Patriot Legacy, 75% of the team's members come from states other than Virginia. The coaching staff looks for desire, ability, and hard workers more than they look for experience. And we hope you'll be interested in contributing to our proud tradition.

Operating as usual

12/06/2020

THE FIRST ROUND OF SPEECH FINALS ARE ABOUT TO BEGIN!

Congrats to all who made the tough break, and to everyone who competed and made it such an amazing day so far! πŸ’›πŸ’š

Here are your DEC, DI, OO, and POI FINALISTS!!

πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šThe first breaks are up for speech events competing at #PGames2020! Congratulations to ALL who competed! :)...
12/05/2020

πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’š

The first breaks are up for speech events competing at #PGames2020! Congratulations to ALL who competed! :) schedule and schematics are posted on speechwire.....

Debate rounds are still going strong on zoom!! Keep up the energy everybody! AND GOOD LUCK!

CONGRATULATIONS to our Round Robin Championsβ€”β€”ABIGAIL CANALEJOKAY ROLLINSTESS SEGALπŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’š
12/05/2020

CONGRATULATIONS to our Round Robin Championsβ€”β€”

ABIGAIL CANALEJO
KAY ROLLINS
TESS SEGAL

πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’š

The GMU Speech Team would like to send out a *virtual* round of applause for our 2020 Patriot Games Round Robin Finalist...
12/04/2020

The GMU Speech Team would like to send out a *virtual* round of applause for our 2020 Patriot Games Round Robin Finalists!πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’š

09/25/2020

Patriot Games Invite to be released soon on Speechwire. New HYBRID schedule!!

Congratulations to the 2020 NFA Performers of Distinction, including our very own Daniel Altabet and John Philip Henry!!...
06/24/2020

Congratulations to the 2020 NFA Performers of Distinction, including our very own Daniel Altabet and John Philip Henry!!! We are so proud of these new alumni for their dedication and hard work and can’t wait to watch their outstanding messages and videos!

We are so proud to celebrate the 2020 Performances of Distinction. Please join us in congratulating the following students. tinyurl.com/NFA-POD2020

Performer of Highest Distinction
Saeed Malami (Lafayette College)

NFA-LD Performer of Highest Distinction
Alex Rivera (Western Kentucky University)

Performers of High Distinction
Craig Heyne (Illinois State University)
Brenna Fuhr (Bradley University)
Faith LoPiccolo (Western Kentucky University)
Trijae (Bradley University)

Performers of Distinction
Cassie Edlund (Bradley University)
John Henry (George Mason University)
Chris Mayer (Lafayette College)
Emily Shepardson (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

AFTER-DINNER SPEAKING
After-Dinner Speaking Performance of Highest Distinction**
Daniel Altabet (George Mason University)

Varsity Performances of Distinction
Elizabeth Boone (University of Texas at Austin)
Brenna Fuhr (Bradley University)
Samuel Garcia (University of Texas at Austin)
Faith LoPiccolo (Western Kentucky University)
Saeed Malami (Lafayette College)
Nicole Yang (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)

Novice Performances of Distinction
Kevin Keyawa (California State University-Chico)


DRAMATIC INTERPRETATION
Dramatic Interpretation Performance of Highest Distinction**
Trijae (Bradley University)

Varsity Performances of Distinction
Danielle Castillo (University of Texas at Austin)
Cassie Edlund (Bradley University)
Craig Heyne (Illinois State University)
Faith LoPiccolo (Western Kentucky University)
Brianna Mier (University of Texas at Austin)
Jadah Morrison (Hastings College)
Emily Shepardson (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
Jolie Sherman (Illinois State University)
Harry Steffenhagen (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)

Novice Performances of Distinction
Imani Butts (Ball State University)
Mackenzie Joseph (Ohio University)

DUO INTERPRETATION
Duo Performance of Highest Distinction**
Craig Heyne and Jolie Sherman (Illinois State University)

Performances of Distinction
Cassie Edlund and Josh Beckles (Bradley University)
Emily Shepardson and Dana Athmann (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING
Extemporaneous Speaking Performance of Highest Distinction**
Nader Syed (University of Texas at Austin)

Varsity Performances of Distinction
Chris Mayer (Lafayette College)
Andrew Yohanan (Bradley University)

Novice Performances of DistinctionΒ·
Carly Crotty (Belmont University)
Mykayla Kuhn (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater)

IMPROMPTU SPEAKING
Impromptu Performance of Highest Distinction**
Andrew Yohanan (Bradley University)

Varsity Performances of Distinction
John Henry (George Mason University)
Chris Mayer (Lafayette College)
Nader Syed (University of Texas at Austin)

Novice Performances of Distinction
Carly Crotty (Belmont University)
Mykayla Kuhn (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater)
Allison Schwarz (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)


INFORMATIVE SPEAKING
Informative Speaking Performance of Highest Distinction**
Dinah Chukwu (University of Texas at Austin)

Varsity Performances of Distinction
Ben Jensen (University of Utah)

Novice Performances of Distinction
Parker Abrell (Ball State University)
Mackenzie Joseph (Ohio University)

PERSUASION
Persuasion Performance of Highest Distinction**
John Henry (George Mason University)

Varsity Performances of Distinction
Brenna Fuhr (Bradley University)
Natalie Wellman (Concordia University, Irvine)

Novice Performances of Distinction
Imani Butts (Ball State University)
Allison Schwarz (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

POETRY INTERPRETATION
Poetry Performance of Highest Distinction**
Saeed Malami (Lafayette College)

Varsity Performances of Distinction
Elizabeth Boone (University of Texas at Austin)
Brenna Fuhr (Bradley University)
Nathan Navratil (Hastings College)
Trijae (Bradley University)

Novice Performances of Distinction
Andrea Rivera (Lafayette College)

PROGRAM ORAL INTERPRETATION
Program Oral Interpretation Performance of Highest Distinction**
Faith LoPiccolo (Western Kentucky University)

Varsity Performances of Distinction
Craig Heyne (Illinois State University)
Cassie Edlund (Bradley University)
Briana Mier (University of Texas at Austin)

PROSE INTERPRETATION
Prose Performance of Highest Distinction**
Trijae (Bradley University)

Varsity Performances of Distinction
Danielle Castillo (University of Texas at Austin)
Alli Kennon (Hastings College)
Faith LoPiccolo (Western Kentucky University)
Saeed Malami (Lafayette College)
Emily Shepardson (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

Novice Performances of Distinction
Parker Abrell (Ball State University)

RHETORICAL CRITICISM
Rhetorical Criticism Performance of Highest Distinction**
Saeed Malami (Lafayette College)

Varsity Performances of Distinction
Brenna Fuhr (Bradley University)
John Henry (George Mason University)
Craig Heyne (Illinois State University)
Alli Kennon (Hastings College)
Sabrina Savoie (University of Texas at Austin)

Novice Performances of Distinction
Grace Lach (Ohio University)

NFA-LD DEBATE
NFA-LD Performer of Highest Distinction**
Alex Rivera (Western Kentucky University)

Senior Debates of Distinction:
Zach Thornhill (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) v.
Alex Rivera (Western Kentucky University)*

Ravi Prasad (University of the Pacific) v.
Chris Mayer (Lafayette College)*

Novice Debate of Distinction:
Andrea Rivera (Lafayette College)* v.
Estefany Torres (University of the Pacific)

GMU Forensics Team
05/31/2020
GMU Forensics Team

GMU Forensics Team

8 minutes; 46 seconds. In forensics, we use that time to explore another’s perspective, traverse an entire emotional journey, and advocate for a safe and just world. But the need for our advocacy extends beyond forensics. Because 8 minutes; 46 seconds cost George Floyd his life. The George Mason University Forensics team knows the critical role this activity can provide in preparing us to advocate for others when the stakes are highest. To do this we offer our space to say what needs to be said, our resources to support those who can accomplish what we cannot, and our strength to help those outside our own community fighting every day to survive.

There are no words that can capture our grief for the Black lives lost due to systemic racism in a country that does not want them to succeed. No words for our rage against excessive brutality targeted towards those who constantly have to struggle to survive. As a community, when words fail, we must be defined by our actions. So we stand in solidarity with those facing anti-Black racism, police brutality, and injustice. The violence is real and pervasive. It comes in the form of racial profiling, medical racism, a school to prison pipeline, economic violence, suppressive language, disproportionate prison sentences, and the numerous ways in which Black futures are stolen and Black lives are lost.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the thousands of Black Americans, whose names are both known and unknown, have been killed because America has and continues to be a place where racism goes unchecked. None of those black men or women woke up knowing that they would become martyrs for a war they never asked for. So, we cannot β€œreturn to normal”. We need to change the direction of our colleges, our communities, and our country.

GMU Forensics strives to be a safe space for all forms of advocacy and we vow to lend our advocacy, in all its forms, to the fight. Our next 8 minutes are crucial. We have to take that time to listen, read, post, volunteer, fact check, educate, advocate, and challenge those who refuse to recognize their privilege and power. It is time to use our voices to spark change because it only takes 8 minutes; 46 seconds today, tomorrow and every day to fight until everyone has the basic human rights they deserve.

If you are able, like our team, please use these resources to help advance your own advocacy:

Help support protesters by donating to support their legal fees and pay bail across the country by supporting the organizations found through this link. https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory

Sign this petition to demand accountability for the murder of George Floyd.
https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justiceforfloyd_george_floyd_minneapolis

Read the Guidelines and if you are able to donate to Campaign Zero a non-profit organization working on a variety of reforms to protect communities of color from the police. https://www.joincampaignzero.org/solutions#solutionsoverview

8 minutes; 46 seconds. In forensics, we use that time to explore another’s perspective, traverse an entire emotional jou...
05/31/2020
National Bail Fund Network β€” Community Justice Exchange

8 minutes; 46 seconds. In forensics, we use that time to explore another’s perspective, traverse an entire emotional journey, and advocate for a safe and just world. But the need for our advocacy extends beyond forensics. Because 8 minutes; 46 seconds cost George Floyd his life. The George Mason University Forensics team knows the critical role this activity can provide in preparing us to advocate for others when the stakes are highest. To do this we offer our space to say what needs to be said, our resources to support those who can accomplish what we cannot, and our strength to help those outside our own community fighting every day to survive.

There are no words that can capture our grief for the Black lives lost due to systemic racism in a country that does not want them to succeed. No words for our rage against excessive brutality targeted towards those who constantly have to struggle to survive. As a community, when words fail, we must be defined by our actions. So we stand in solidarity with those facing anti-Black racism, police brutality, and injustice. The violence is real and pervasive. It comes in the form of racial profiling, medical racism, a school to prison pipeline, economic violence, suppressive language, disproportionate prison sentences, and the numerous ways in which Black futures are stolen and Black lives are lost.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the thousands of Black Americans, whose names are both known and unknown, have been killed because America has and continues to be a place where racism goes unchecked. None of those black men or women woke up knowing that they would become martyrs for a war they never asked for. So, we cannot β€œreturn to normal”. We need to change the direction of our colleges, our communities, and our country.

GMU Forensics strives to be a safe space for all forms of advocacy and we vow to lend our advocacy, in all its forms, to the fight. Our next 8 minutes are crucial. We have to take that time to listen, read, post, volunteer, fact check, educate, advocate, and challenge those who refuse to recognize their privilege and power. It is time to use our voices to spark change because it only takes 8 minutes; 46 seconds today, tomorrow and every day to fight until everyone has the basic human rights they deserve.

If you are able, like our team, please use these resources to help advance your own advocacy:

Help support protesters by donating to support their legal fees and pay bail across the country by supporting the organizations found through this link. https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory

Sign this petition to demand accountability for the murder of George Floyd.
https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justiceforfloyd_george_floyd_minneapolis

Read the Guidelines and if you are able to donate to Campaign Zero a non-profit organization working on a variety of reforms to protect communities of color from the police. https://www.joincampaignzero.org/solutions#solutionsoverview

The National Bail Fund Network is made up of over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country. We regularly update this listing of community bail funds that are freeing people by paying bail/bond and are also fighting to abolish the money bail system and pretrial detention.Note that this....

Happy birthday to our favorite tree, @dosageofsteven 🌳this team would not be the same without your energy and modeling s...
01/30/2020

Happy birthday to our favorite tree, @dosageofsteven 🌳this team would not be the same without your energy and modeling skills! Have the best day!

The Regular Decision application deadline is Saturday!! Still interested in becoming a Patriot, get those apps in! DM us...
01/30/2020

The Regular Decision application deadline is Saturday!! Still interested in becoming a Patriot, get those apps in! DM us if you have any questions πŸ’›πŸ’š

If you don't know, now #youknow
01/28/2020

If you don't know, now #youknow

We hear you may need some more time to put the finishing touches on your applications, so we've extended the regular decision deadline to February 1, 2020. You have two extra weeks to finish your application! #ChooseMason πŸ’šπŸ’›

Happy Birthday Cordelia!! πŸ’™πŸ’š You’re the goofiest, sweetest, and an absolute SoCal light!#youknow #birthyay @ George Maso...
12/20/2019

Happy Birthday Cordelia!! πŸ’™πŸ’š You’re the goofiest, sweetest, and an absolute SoCal light!#youknow #birthyay @ George Mason University

12/10/2019
Patriot Games 2019 Award Video

Official Patriot Games 2019 Awards Video! Look back at the memories and competition! #youknow #PatriorGames2019

Official 2019 Patriot Games Awards and Memories video! I don't own any of the music in this video, it is purely included to document the tournament in a fun ...

12/09/2019

Some of our favorite Patriot Games memories to come!! Here’s a fun warm up from the Extemp draw room! 🐧🌊 #youknow #patriotgames2019 #penguins

Congrats to our LD and Public Forum Quarter Finalists #patriotgames2019  @ George Mason University - Johnson Center
12/08/2019

Congrats to our LD and Public Forum Quarter Finalists #patriotgames2019 @ George Mason University - Johnson Center

Congrats to our flight B Semi Finalist!! #patriotgames2019  @ George Mason University - Johnson Center
12/08/2019

Congrats to our flight B Semi Finalist!! #patriotgames2019 @ George Mason University - Johnson Center

Congrats to our LD Octa Finalists! #patriotgames2019
12/08/2019

Congrats to our LD Octa Finalists! #patriotgames2019

Congrats to our Flight A Quarter Finalists! #patriotgames2019  @ George Mason University - Johnson Center
12/08/2019

Congrats to our Flight A Quarter Finalists! #patriotgames2019 @ George Mason University - Johnson Center

Congrats to our Pattern A Quarter Finalists and Judges Call! #PatriotGames2019 @ George Mason University - Johnson Cente...
12/08/2019

Congrats to our Pattern A Quarter Finalists and Judges Call! #PatriotGames2019 @ George Mason University - Johnson Center

Congrats to our Congress semi finalists! #PatriotGames2019
12/07/2019

Congrats to our Congress semi finalists! #PatriotGames2019

Something going wrong during the tournament? Call the official problem solver, DOF Dawn Lowry! #PatriotGames2019
12/07/2019

Something going wrong during the tournament? Call the official problem solver, DOF Dawn Lowry! #PatriotGames2019

Congrats to our Round Robin Champions, Elizabeth Lopez Aguilar in Interp and Juliette Reyes in Extemp!! Congrats Ladies ...
12/07/2019

Congrats to our Round Robin Champions, Elizabeth Lopez Aguilar in Interp and Juliette Reyes in Extemp!! Congrats Ladies πŸ’šπŸ’› #RoundRobin #PatriotGames2019 #youknow @ George Mason University

The 9 am debate round is still going on! Please stay tuned for the 10 am speech rounds, they will be delayed slightly! T...
12/07/2019

The 9 am debate round is still going on! Please stay tuned for the 10 am speech rounds, they will be delayed slightly! Thanks for your patience πŸ’šπŸ’›

12/07/2019

The Round Robin was amazing!!! And THE WAIT IS OVER BECAUSE P GAMES IS TOMORROW!!! πŸ’šπŸ’› #youknow #patriotgames2019

In order of photos: Art & Design Building, Innovation Hall, Buchanan Hall, Music & Theater Building Ask a GMU 4N6 member...
12/06/2019

In order of photos: Art & Design Building, Innovation Hall, Buchanan Hall, Music & Theater Building

Ask a GMU 4N6 member if you need directions or use Google Maps!!

In order of photos: Student Union Building 1 (SUB 1), Robinson Hall B, Johnson Center (JC), David King Hall, The Hub, Pl...
12/06/2019

In order of photos: Student Union Building 1 (SUB 1), Robinson Hall B, Johnson Center (JC), David King Hall, The Hub, Planetary Hall, Exploratory Hall, Enterprise Hall, Research Hall, Engineering Building

Some screenshot material! A map of campus with highlighted buildings were using, a map of the Johnson Center, and restau...
12/06/2019

Some screenshot material! A map of campus with highlighted buildings were using, a map of the Johnson Center, and restaurant hours of operation! There’s also a 24 hour starbucks in the Northern Neck of campus so you can always have your coffee fix β˜•οΈ stay tuned for some pictures of the buildings so you know where you’re going! @ George Mason University

12/06/2019

Ready to register the round robin βšͺ️🐦 PATRIOT GAMES IS 1 DAY AWAY!!!

12/04/2019

Trying to hold in your excitement for this weekend ft. @cordeliatran !! Dance the nerves and anticipation away. T-minus 3 days til Patriot Games and 2 days until the Round Robin! #patriotgames2019 #roundrobin #youknow

Some of our fav memories and people from last year! What’s your favorite Patriot Games memory? #5days #Youknow #patriotg...
12/03/2019

Some of our fav memories and people from last year! What’s your favorite Patriot Games memory? #5days #Youknow #patriotgames #4n6 @ George Mason University

Emily showing us how to craft the perfect sandwich just like how we craft the perfect tournament! Patriot Games is 6 day...
12/02/2019

Emily showing us how to craft the perfect sandwich just like how we craft the perfect tournament! Patriot Games is 6 days away! πŸ’šπŸ₯ͺπŸ’› #PatriotGames #PGames2020 #6days

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Located just north east of Philadelphia in Bensalem PA, HOly Ghost Prep, with its decades of national and state speech excellence, is in need of teachers of math and of poly sci who have killer Pfd/ld experience. Or just killer IE experience. Or both!
Hey, everybody. Meg Langford here. I write from my partner's account, since Facebook apparently hates me. I was a team member from '75-79. I would love to see some Nationals Pics here! Also, some choice videos of Nats? I have been reaching out. I am so very proud of you all!
Hello GMU forensics team- I would love to know whether there is a summer speech program at the George Mason university in summer 2019. How do I register? Thanks
I wish you had reunions! I was on the team in 1981-1982 would love to see my former teammates! ❀️ great times