Illinois State University Hosts National Forensics Association (NFA) National Championships – News
The National Forensics Association (NFA) tournament is taking place this year at Illinois State University, April 14-18. The NFA is an academic organization for intercollegiate speech and debate, and its primary purpose is to promote voice communication worldwide.
The NFA National Tournament, with participation from 75 to 100 colleges and universities, consists of individual speaking events of performance, public speaking and limited prep genres, as well as the Lincoln-Douglas Debate . The Lincoln-Douglas debate is a one-on-one political debate. The last time the NFA National Tournament was held in Illinois State was in 2011, so it’s exciting to host it this year.
The ISU Forensics Union serves as the university’s speech and debating club and has been in existence since 1857, just four days after the statehood of Illinois opened to the public. ISU Forensics now has over 40 members and an advisory board that engages with the community and alumni. Alumni support is what keeps ISU Forensics running, along with many costs including student transportation, hotels, and food.
In its history, Illinois State has won 10 national championships and more than 80 individual titles, along with numerous other awards noted on Illinois State Forensics. website. The team collectively holds an average GPA of 3.0 or higher, with students pursuing over 20 different majors and spending their time contributing to the community, as the organization requires over 300 hours of community service.
Being a member of Illinois State Forensics helps build public speaking skills and gives students the opportunity to travel across the country, making friends and memories along the way. Stay connected with ISU Forensics and their competitions on Facebook, instagramand their website.