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Forensics Program Hosts One of the State's Largest High School Tournaments

On September 28 and 29 CSULB's Forensics Program, in conjunction with the Department of Communication Studies and the College of Liberal Arts, is hosting the Jack Howe Memorial Invitational, a two-day speech and debate tournament for high school students.

More than 250 CSULB faculty, students and staff are coordinating the event for 1,200 high school students, making it one of the largest speech and debate tournaments in the State.

  • 200 students from Communications Studies' public speaking and argumentation classes will serve as judges.
  • 45 students on the Forensics team are assisting with the tournament, inputting data, scheduling competition rounds, helping high school students and distributing ballots.
  • Nine staff members and graduate students from Communication Studies are primarily responsible for organizing the event over the course of the year:
    • Nick Russell, Director of Forensics
    • Reyna Velarde, Director of Individual Events
    • Bill Neesen, Director of Debate
    • Scott Tuggle, Graduate Student
    • Loretta Rowley, Graduate Student
    • Tamlyn Kurogi, Graduate Student
    • Allison Bowman, Graduate Student
    • Nicholas Matthews, Graduate Student
    • Alix Lopez, Graduate Student

As a qualifier for the National Tournament of Champions — the most prestigious end-of-season national tournament for high schools — the Jack Howe Memorial Invitational promises to showcase the finest speakers and debaters competing on the high-school level.

Campus faculty and staff are invited to watch (or judge) the tournament, which runs from 8 am to 10 pm on September 28 and 29. For more information, contact Nick Russell, Director of Forensics, at


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