West Liberty University Competes at the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament
West Liberty University is one of eighty-four colleges and universities competing at the National Forensic Association’s 40th National Tournament.  The tournament is being held on April 15-19 at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

This marks the first time that West Liberty University has ever competed at the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament.  West Liberty is competing against schools as large as the University of Texas at Austin and Ivy League schools like Cornell University.

Freshman James Birch from Beaver, West Virginia is competing in Prose Interpretation.  He is competing against over 200 students in this event.  James qualified for the National Tournament by finishing 6th in Prose Interpretation at the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensic Association’s State Tournament.

“I am really excited to compete at Nationals.  I really like that I have the chance to compete against people from all across the country. This is a great experience, and I am really looking forward to competing in this Tournament and competing next year,” Birch said.

Ryan McCullough, the Speech Team’s faculty advisor, stated, “This is a wonderful opportunity for James.  It is extremely impressive that James was able to qualify for the National Tournament as a freshman.”