UW-Whitewater lands 2020 championship forensics tournament

April 02, 2019

Photo by Craig Schreiner |  Written by Jeff Angileri

UW-Whitewater forensics team


More than 1,000 of the most talented public speakers from across the United States will meet at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for the National Forensic Association championship tournament April 16-20, 2020.

About 70 teams from California to New York are expected to visit campus, where they will compete in 12 different speech and debate events. The preliminary rounds will be held Thursday-Saturday, with the national champions crowned on Monday night.

“We're so grateful for all of the support that the university has shown for both our forensics team and hosting this national tournament. UW-Whitewater is a fantastic location for this event,” said Kevin Hill, co-director of UW-Whitewater Forensics.

Hosting the national tournament will shine a light on the strength of the Warhawk program, and further enhances UW-Whitewater’s reputation for national successes in both academic and athletic-related activities, said Brian Schanen, co-director.

“And with strong ties to the high school forensics community, hosting this national tournament grants the opportunity for future Warhawks to see what forensics looks like beyond high school,” he said.

The timing of the tournament near the conclusion of UW-Whitewater’s 150th anniversary celebrations is also symbolic.

“The sesquicentennial motto is ‘Inspire. Engage. Transform.’ and it perfectly captures what forensics performances do. We're so excited to have the opportunity to bring this historic tournament to such a storied university,” Schanen said.