by Public Relations Office
Cedarville, Ohio-Cedarville University's forensics team won a national forensics competition recently in Columbus. The event, hosted by The Ohio State University, is one of the largest tournaments in the Midwest and attracted 35 colleges and universities from across the country. Cedarville's 12-member squad took top team honors during the two-day event. The top five universities were as follows: 1st - Cedarville University 2nd - Eastern Michigan University 3rd - University of Wisconsin Eau Claire 4th - Central Michigan University 5th - Bowling Green State University "This win was an amazing example of an all-team effort," said Matthew Moore, assistant professor of communication arts and director of forensics. "Other teams had one or two stand-outs, but everyone on our team made an important, determined contribution." In addition to the team title, Cedarville's Drew Clauson was crowned individual national champion in the news broadcast category. Clauson is a sophomore management information systems major from Warren, Mich. Other members of the national championship team were Autumn West, a freshman history and political science major from Knoxville, Tenn.; Drew Flamm, a sophomore communication arts major from Lambertville, Mich; Julia Parobek, a junior communication arts major from Pickerington, Ohio; Brian Masser, a sophomore education major from Montrose, Mich; April Price, a junior communication arts major from Cincinnati; Rob Yale, a senior communication arts major from Bellingham, Wash.; Colleen Fitzsimmons, a sophomore education major from Lincoln, Ill.; and Laura Mruk, a freshman Bible and communication arts major from Gurnee, Ill. According to the American Forensics Association, "'Forensics' is a word rooted in the Western world's classical experience. The Greeks organized contests for speakers that developed and recognized the abilities their society felt central to democracy. "Because the training in this skill of public advocacy, including the development of evidence, found one of its important venues in the law courts, the term 'forensic' has also become associated with the art and science of legal evidence and argument." Learn more about competitive forensics at www.americanforensics.org.