The forensic program at Alderson-Broaddus College is open to all students interested in sharpening their skills in critical thinking, speaking, listening, organization, time management, and research. We schedule between six to eight tournaments a year and have ten to twelve students actively participating in debate, speaking and interp events. We are members of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensic Association, The American Forensic Association, the Collegiate Forensic Association and Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha, the national forensic honorary.
Students participating in forensics receive one hour credit for each semester they participate. Such credit is highly valued on applications for admittance to professional and graduate schools. Highly competitive students may choose to devote a great deal of time to speech and travel frequently. Or students primarily concerned with their studies may enjoy forensics as an extra-curricular activity.
A-B has won West Virginia State Championships 14 of the last 18 years. The team consistently places in the top five in sweepstakes at regional tournaments, (The team won two regional tournaments in 2007) and final at the International. One student placed second in After Dinner Speaking at the International Tournament in 2005. In the last 10 years, 10 A-B students have qualified for the national Interstate Oratorical competition and their speeches have been published in Winning Orations.
Scholarships are available for students demonstrating outstanding talent in forensics. For more information contact Barbara Sims, Associate Professor of Speech Communication/Director of Forensics, Ph. 304.457.6222.