Forensics Team
Speech and Debate

Forensics Team Alumni

Please keep us updated and send us your contact informatin so we may update our planned alumni directory and for future publications.  Email your information to Adam Symonds.

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Founded in 1885, ASU Forensics has a proud tradition of excellence and competitive success in speech and debate. We are one of the last full-service speech and debate programs in the country.

Any Arizona State University undergraduate is invited to participate in the collegiate forensics program.  Participating students need not be a communication major and you are not required to audition to become a member of the team. We welcome all levels of experience.  You can come join us if you have four years of high school experience or if you have never even seen a round of competitive forensics.

Collegiate competition is similar to high school competition with a few distinct differences.  Additionally, college debate is similar to high school policy with a few differences in speech times. 

  • In college you can enter in as many events as you want, in fact, we encourage competition in multiple events!
  • You can travel a lot or a little.  We compete both regionally and nationally.  Our national competitions take us all over the country!
  • Our debate team and individual events teams travel to tournaments both together and separately.
  • You set your own coaching hours with the coaches.  We have a team meeting on Tuesdays but all of the outside work is up to you!
  • Our squad room has tons of resources for you to use in preparing for competition and for schoolwork.

If you are interested in pursuing forensics at a collegiate level and would like to join the program contact:

Adam Symonds, Director
Office: Stauffer 476
Feel free to drop in.  If I am not there, leave a note, email or call me for an appointment. 
Office Hours: 10:30-11: 30 am Tuesdays (on campus 8 am) and W/Th by apt.
Email: asymonds@asu.edu or symonds77@gmail.com
Twitter:  asuforensics or acsymonds

Izak Dunn, Assistant Director of Debate
Office: Stauffer A473
Office Hours: 10:30-11:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays
Cell: 208-230-6057
email: idunn@asu.edu or infinite.monad@gmail.com

Johnathan Grimm, Assistant Speech Coach
John.grimm@asu.edu or john.h.grimm@hotmail.com
Cell: 330-696-9096

Kelsey Abele, Assistant Speech Coach
kelsey.abele@gmail.com

Frankie Marchi
mrfrankiemarchi@gmail.com