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High School Students Encouraged to Join Forensics Competition

3/17/2008 —

The eighth annual Penn State Beaver Forensics Tournament will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5, on campus. The event is the premier public speaking tournament for middle and high school students in western Pennsylvania. More than 200 students will compete in six public speaking and oral interpretation events: "Original Oratory," "Dramatic Interpretation," "Humorous Interpretation," "Dramatic Duo," "Impromptu Speaking" and, a new event for 2008, "Radio Announcing." All students in the area are able to compete. Registration deadline is March 28.

Tournament director John Chapin, associate professor of communications, noted that forensics allows students to face fears of public speaking while building confidence. The tournament also provides an opportunity for schools to encourage academic growth and competition in a non-athletic forum.

Information and registration materials are available online at http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/j/r/jrc11/forensics.html. Chapin can be contacted at jrc11@psu.edu or (724) 773-3877.


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