Leaving the sunny warm April weather of Los Angeles, the CSULA Forensics Team headed to Muncie, Indiana to partake in the 2016 National Forensics Association (NFA) national speech and debate tournament hosted at Ball State University, the tournament commenced Thursday April 14 and ended on Monday the18th. Likewise, across the nation over a 100 colleges and universities made their way to Muncie, IN involving nearly 1500 attendees. Of the participants were our team members Lane Schwager, Marilu Bustamante, Danielle Soibelman, and Dorothy Garcia.
Since 1971, the NFA tournament is one of the oldest national collegiate tournament. With the opportunity to compete after having qualified several of their events in previous competitions, the team set out early Thursday morning with enthusiasm and determination. Lane competed in ADS, DI, and Prose, Danielle competed in Prose as well, Extemp, Impromptu, and Rhetorical Criticism. Together Lane and Danielle performed a DUO which is an event where two individuals engage the audience through their performance of multiple characters; this is not like an acting event, no costumes or props are allowed- all is dependent of their voice and body movements. In addition Dorothy competed in Poetry and Prose, Marilu competed in Prose as well.
Throughout the four day tournament, round after round the girls performed their events tuning and perfecting them with each passing day. This brings us to the final results of the tournament, qualifying to the final round was Lane who placed fourth with her After Dinner Speech. By the end of the fourth round Danielle was ranked first place in all her events. As for Dorothy she ranked 2nd on her 2nd round and took both her Prose and Poetry to quarter finals. Furthermore Marilu ranked 3rd with her Prose on her fourth round. As a team the Golden Eagles achieved 18th place in the Open Sweepstakes, and 1st place as a team for President’s Two. The CSULA Forensics Team is proud of its members recognizing their hard work, determination, and their accomplishment at the tournament.
The NFA tournament was a long one for the team as it would mark the closure of this years season. In the end, the Forensics community celebrated the end of the season with laughter and joy among friends and team members, along with the many cherished memories. The team looks forward to the coming season to reunite with their fellow friends and once again share another speech.
Congratulations to all participants, we look forward to your continued success in the near future!
Written by Ruth Gonzalez