Forensics Team President Wins Major Award from Illinois Communication and Theatre Association

Communication studies major and EIU Forensics Team president Marques Brown won the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association’s L.E. Norton Outstanding Higher Education Speech Student Award.

Forensics Team president Marcus Brown and director of forensics Sara Gonstral

Forensics Team President Marques Brown and EIU Director of Forensics Sara Gonstral

The award recognizes a student, who majors in speech communication or theatre in any Illinois college or university, who demonstrates outstanding leadership and significant service for his/her department, university, and community in general.

Brown is a senior in the Department of Communication Studies with a dual emphasis in corporate communication and interpersonal communication. In addition to his scholastic work, Brown is heavily involved in both university and community forensics.

At the university level, Brown is the president of the Forensics team and brought EIU its first national forensics finish since 2009. At the community level, Brown is an assistant coach for the Charleston High School Speech Team where he helped coach a regional team championship as well as an individual state champion.

Brown’s community involvement started during his time at Illinois Central College, where he captained the Forensics Team, served as a member of the ICC Traveling Readers program, and coached for the Richwoods High School Speech Team.

Brown was given the award at the annual ICTA conference on September 25, this year held in Bloomington, IL.


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