Forensics and Debate Program Commended for 15 Years of Excellence

| May 14, 2013

Webster’s Forensics program has received special recognition from an elite tournament that annually sees Webster’s best students. The American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament, in a letter to coaches Gina Jensen and Scott Jensen, commended Webster for having students qualify for the elite national individual events tournament every year for the last 15 years.

Coaches Scott and Gina Jensen

Coaches Scott and Gina Jensen

“Competing at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament is like qualifying for the NCAA tournament in basketball,” Gina Jensen said. “The students who qualify have to place in the top two at three tournaments throughout the year. This is a feat that is not always easy for smaller schools and one upon which we pride ourselves.”

“This is regarded one of the toughest of all the national forensics tournaments, with invitations earned each year through consistent wins across the schedule,” said Eric Rothenbuhler, dean of the School of Communications. “The Webster team earning an invitation for 15 straight years speaks volumes to the consistently high quality of our coaching.”

“The qualification process for these tournaments is stringent and arduous resulting in so few reaching the pinnacle opportunity to participate,” said AFA-NIET chair Peter Pober. “Both the coaches and students of Webster University are to be commended for a praiseworthy accomplishment.”

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