Eastern Michigan University forensics team places 8th in national tournament, with more nationwide competition coming this month

Elite 8: Strong showing against country's best teams extends long winning tradition of program that began with first title in 1973

EMU Forensics team wearing masks and distanced in an auditorium

YPSILANTI – The Eastern Michigan University forensics team competed this month virtually at the American Forensics Association competition, placing eighth in the country, with 16 quarterfinalists and three semifinalists, The team will compete in the other nationwide competition, the National Forensics Association, on April 16-19.

The national competition showing extends the tradition of EMU Forensics, one of the most successful teams in the nation. EMU Forensics has placed in the top 10 nationally for more than 40 years, and has won more than 40 Michigan state team championships.

EMU Forensics began its tradition of success with its first national championship in 1973 and it continues many weekends (September-April) as team members hit the tournament trail (this year virtually) around the country to compete.

The team highlighted the top performances that this year have established the program's success in its annual showcase event Thursday, April 8. The event was held virtually this year and was open and free to the public. 

Forensics is the quest for truth, a term commonly associated with police and crime television dramas. Competitors in forensics also seek truth through communication and performance. Whether persuading an audience that legal reform is needed or exploring the emotional truths of the human experience, competitors seek to give an audience a greater understanding of the world and our place within it.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

April 06, 2021

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