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Don’t miss this upcoming opportunity to see the NOVA Forensics Team performing some of their events!


Tuesday May 7th, 2013 2:00  – 3:30 p.m. (Bisdorf Room 196)

How should the U.S. Federal Government respond to the current economic crisis? What does a dramatic performance of literature have to do with increases in teenage homelessness rates? In what ways can near-field communication technology change your life?  How safe are our nation’s bridges and freeways?  What is the moral of the Ralph Waldo Emerson quotation, Money often costs too much? The answers to the aforementioned questions are just samples from the success of the NOVA Forensics Team this year.  Just a few weeks ago, select members of the team traveled to Los Angeles, California to compete at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament.  Head coach Dr. Nathan Carter said, “The Phi Rho Pi National Tournament is the premier tournament of the year.  It’s also a performance marathon! Students often wake as early as 6 a.m. for vocal warm-ups and finish their competition rounds at night.  All the NOVA students worked hard this year. They competed against the best in the country.  We should all be very proud of their efforts and dedication!”

In total, 56 schools and over 575 student competitors participated in the 2013 Phi Rho Pi National Tournament.  Erblin Nushi competed in Prose and Dramatic Interpretation, Nontobeko Masilela competed in Persuasive Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking and Parliamentary Debate, Tuscany Justice competed in Impromptu Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking and Parliamentary Debate, and Murs Alioglu competed in Prose Interpretation and Informative Speaking.  Though NOVA did not walk away with the highest awards at the tournament, our students came very close to advancing onward to elimination rounds!  In addition, NOVA was formally recognized by Phi Rho Pi as a prominent forensics force in just our first full year of intercollegiate competition.   It was quite an honor!

Of course, competitive forensics is not just about awards and accolades.  Students gain a lifetime of experience and education from their participation on the team.  “Forensics gives new life chances and perspectives for a student’s academic future.  I loved the work I did this year,” said Murs.   Murs is transferring from NOVA to an ivy-league university in the upcoming months.  In addition to winning awards at regional tournaments and furthering his career options he also indicated he made a lot of lifetime friends by competing on the team.  Erblin Nushi is transferring to an acting school in Los Angeles next year, but he also attested to the value of forensics and its impact on his life. “Participation on the team took my acting and performance skills to the next level”, Erblin stated, “I learned different techniques and I felt like the message of my performance was communicated on a grander level thanks to all the hard work, focus, and friendly forensics competition.” In sum, NOVA’s first year at nationals was a great success and it sets the stage for even greater showings in the future!

For more information about the NOVA Forensics Team and how to get involved or tryout for next year’s exciting 2013-2014 season please contact Dr. Nathan Carter (CST), Office location: Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus, Bisdorf Room 252,  nacarter@nvcc.edu (703) 845-6574.

Also don’t miss this upcoming opportunity to see the NOVA Forensics Team performing some of their events!


Tuesday May 7th, 2013 2:00  – 3:30 p.m. (Bisdorf Room 196)  

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