CSLA Forensic Squad Wins

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 05/29/96

Contact: Margie Yu,
Public Affairs Assistant
(323) 343-3047

CAL STATE L.A. FORENSIC SQUAD WINS
19TH PLACE IN THE NATION

Team Remains in Top Twenty Nationwide for Third Consecutive Year

Los Angeles, CA -- May 29, 1996 -- The Forensic Squad at California State University, Los Angeles recently finished 19th in the nation out of the 114 colleges and universities that participated in this year's National Championship Tournament at the University of Florida. Cal State L.A. ranked the second highest among California schools and remains among the top 20 teams in the nation for the third consecutive year.

The CSLA students who participated at the tournament include: Brendon Aldrich (Theatre Arts), Michael DeCarbo (Speech Communication), Lizka Mendoza (Speech Communication), Jason Sanchez (Theatre Arts), Angela Sanders (Broadcasting), James Snyder (Theatre Arts), Godofredo Solsona (Speech Communication) and Eddie Wantland (English). The assistant coaches were Speech Communication graduate students Dustin Abraham, Robert DeChaine and William Strader.

Of those competing, Speech Communication major Lizka Mendoza of Fontana finished 8th place in Poetry Interpretation and Theatre Arts major James Snyder of South Pasadena won third place out of 144 competitors in the Prose Interpretation category. In addition, Snyder and Broadcasting major Angela Sanders of Toluca Lake received 15th place in the Duo Interpretation category.

The Forensic Squad had to compete in the areas of Oral Interpretation, Public Address and Limited Preparation Events with colleges in California and in the West, in order to qualify for the National Championship hosted by the American Forensic Association. Biola University, Cal State Fullerton, Palomar College, UC Berkeley, University of the Pacific and San Francisco State were some of the schools that competed in the tournament.

For more information, contact Kevin Baaske, Director of the Forensic Squad, at (323) 343-4200.

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