NOVA Hosts 5th Annual Richard J. Ernst Forensics Tournament

NOVA Hosts 5th Annual Richard J. Ernst Forensics Tournament
Cathryn Christian, Bridget Whelpley, Jordan Drake, Kouamy Brown and T.C. Clark are some of the students who competed for the NOVA Forensics Team.

For the fifth year in a row, NOVA partnered with different community colleges and local universities to hold an exciting speech, debate and literature performance tournament. Over the weekend, NOVA students, NOVA faculty and competitors and faculty coaches from 11 different colleges and universities gathered in the Bisdorf Building on the Alexandria Campus for two days of exciting forensics competition.

Forensics competition requires that students hone their critical thinking, argumentation, presentation and expressive acting and performance skills through competition in different public speaking events. Whether it is informative speaking, debate or dramatic monologue and poetry performances, students who compete in college level forensics work hard with their coaches and learn how to be better communicators and advocates for the ideas they believe in. The Richard J. Ernst Forensics Tournament provided students with an opportunity to showcase their hard work and exceptional skills through spirited competition.

In addition to NOVA’s nationally-ranked forensics team, some of the other schools that sent representatives to compete included: George Mason University, James Madison University, University of Virginia, Saint Joseph’s University, University of Pennsylvania, Lord Fairfax Community College, University of Akron, Tidewater Community College, Regent University and Cedar Crest College.

At the conclusion of the tournament, the NOVA Forensics Team won second place in the Limited Entry Team Sweepstakes and ended the competition with several finalists and second and third place finishing awards in several events including informative speaking, debate, poetry interpretation, extemporaneous speaking and dramatic monologue/interpretation performance.

Special thanks to the dedicated NOVA faculty members and administrators who volunteered their time to serve as judges and help with the event: Professor Lucy Holsonbake (AL), Dr. Brenda Lewis Holmes (AL), Professor Melissa Chabot (AN), Professor Susan Idziak (LO), Professor Janice Hornyak (AL), Professor Nadeer Chabban (AL), Dr. Charles Korn (MA), Linda Campos (AL), Professor and Assistant Coach Saleha Bholat (LO), Professor and Assistant Coach Kush Jenkins (LO) and Professor Ayanna Lenard (AL).

Additional thanks to the Alexandria Liberal Arts Division, NOVA’s Institute for Public Service and the Office of Student Activities for supporting and promoting the event.

The NOVA Forensics Team is in its fifth season of competition and is under the direction of Dr. Nathan Carter (AL). For more information about the NOVA Forensics Team, please email Carter at .


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