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NFA National Tournament under way at Ohio University

Erin Roberts | Apr 19, 2012

NFA National Tournament under way at Ohio University

More than 900 students to compete April 19-23

By Erin Roberts,

ATHENS, Ohio (April 19, 2012)—Ohio University welcomes more than 900 students from across the nation as the 2012 National Forensic Association (NFA) National Tournament kicks off today and runs through Monday, April 23.

“We hosted the tournament here in 2010 as well,” says Dan West, the John A. Cassese Director of Forensics at Ohio University. “It’s a lot of work, but a lot of fun. The energy in Baker Center today is just unbelievable. It’s an honor to be a part of such a positive event.”

Most events will be hosted in and around Baker Center, a 183,000-square-foot facility that opened in 2007. The Center was a major factor in Ohio University winning the bid for the national conference in both 2010 and 2012.

“We’re honored to host the tournament,” said Interim Dean Scott Titsworth. “Not only are we able to support an extremely worthwhile extracurricular activity but we are able to gain national exposure for the university to some of the nation’s best and brightest students.”

The conference is being cohosted by the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau and brings in more than $850,000 to the local region.

“Every hotel in town, as well as those in Parkersburg, W.Va., Marietta, Jackson and Logan are booked because of the event,” West said.

West said the event is a great way to end another stellar season for the Ohio University Speech and Debate team, which compete from September through April and allows students to develop skills in debate, extemporaneous speaking, oratory, rhetorical criticism and oral interpretation.

The team recently won the Ohio Forensics Association State Championship Tournament for the 5th consecutive year, took home the title of National Champions of the College Public Forum National Debate Tournament at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., and brought home an additional 62 awards, including nine individual national titles. On March 28 the team traveled to the Statehouse in Columbus to attend the House of Representatives session to be honored Representative Debbie Phillips for their recent state and national championships.

The National Forensic Association is an association of intercollegiate forensic programs, and is a re-organization of the National Individual Events Association and the 1971 and 1972 National Individual Events Tournament founded by Professor Seth C. Hawkins. There are more than 100 members of the National Forensic Association from across the country.

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