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Brown receives Prestigious Forensic Speech Award

Tim BrownTim Brown, assistant professor of performing arts and director of the forensic speech team at Cedar Crest, received a very prestigious national award–the Outstanding New Forensics Coach award. Though he has been working with the forensic speech team for five years now, the American Forensics Association award recognizes an outstanding coach who has been working with his or her team for one to 5 years.

The annual award was presented to Brown at the opening ceremony of the national tournament that his team competed in during March. It is given to coaches who demonstrate “leadership and innovations in forensics,” “qualities as a forensic educator,” and “who show contributions to the field deserving of nomination.” This year, Brown was one of three forensic speech team coaches in the nation to earn the recognition.

Brown was ecstatic about this achievement, but gave credit where he felt it was due as well.

“I was really honored when they gave me the news. I was humbled and really surprised,” he said. “But the award isn’t a reflection of me; it’s a reflection of the team. That’s why it means as much to me as it does.”