Phi Rho Pi

NOVA Forensics Team at Phi Rho Pi National Tournament

Phi Rho PiHow 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. Several weeks ago, select members of the team traveled to Los Angeles, California, to compete at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament.

Head coach 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 6:00 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 more than 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, NOVA 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 the first full year of intercollegiate competition. This was quite an honor. This opportunity provided students with a lifetime of experience and education from their participation on the team.

For more information about the NOVA Forensics Team and how to get your students involved or tryout for next year’s exciting 2013-2014 season, please contact Carter at or 703-845-6574.

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