Originally from Illinois, Dawn Lowry became the Director of Forensics during the 2019-2020 school year! With degrees in Mass Communication from Northern Illinois University and Illinois State University, Dawn has spent 20 years coaching at prominent programs in Illinois, Kentucky, and Texas. However, she is most excited to join the legacy of creativity and passion that are hallmarks of GMU Forensics. And while all the events are important, she may be a bit biased towards Prose, Informative, and Program Oral Interpretation. Current life goals include creating engaged citizens through forensics, traveling internationally, and finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.
NAME: Natalie Cumming (She/Her)
MAJOR: Performance: Musical Theatre | Minor in Spanish
HOMETOWN: Orono, MN
FAVORITE EVENT: POE
Natalie Cumming is so so happy to do what she loves everyday with her favorite people. She's incredibly friendly like a golden retriever but also can be really aggressive like a golden retriever. She has a dog who is the light of her life (Eddie). She also is an ambitious rockstar and cannot be stopped. Her favorite things include videos of people answering questions wrongly, Broadway musicals, meditation, Chris Fleming, stage fails, talking about herself, Tom Murabito, soup, potatoes, and the sunrise.
NAME: Sydney Alexandria Hardy (She/Her)
HOMETOWN: Chesapeake, VA
FAVORITE EVENTS: POE, PRO, ADS, CA
Sydney Alexandria (SA) Hardy is a current junior (C/O ‘22) studying Economics on a Pre-Law track. Sydney Alexandria enjoys reading and writing poetry. She also enjoys mediation and black tea. SA’s mission in life is to make an income while making an impact. Her favorite quote is, “you cant complain that your plate is full if your goal was to eat”
NAME: Mollie Weitzman (She/Her)
MAJOR: Environmental Science (Wildlife) | Minor in English
HOMETOWN: Big Stone Gap, VA
FAVORITE EVENTS: POI, POE
Mollie Weitzman is so excited for her first year on the team after years of anticipation. When she isn't reciting poetry like her life depends on it, you can find Mollie curled up with the newest gay YA novel (and crying over it), organizing with GMU's Jewish organizations, or shopping with her friends. Her favorite things include French press coffee, rereading her favorite books, wrinkly puppies, and loudly screaming the song "Betty" in her Prius.
Public Relations Coordinator
NAME: Izzie Larson (They/Them)
MAJOR: INTS Social Justice & Human Rights | Minor in Dance
HOMETOWN: Moorhead MN
FAVORITE EVENT: DUO, POE
Izzie Larson is pumped to be a junior on the Mason Forensics team. Originally from rural MN, Izzie fell in love with the busy and beautiful DMV area. When they are not competing, you can find them reading and writing poetry, dancing, drawing, playing bass, eating breakfast & making team vlogs. They love their kitty Ophie, their lizard Comet, the lake, R&B music and dyeing everything in their home blue and purple!
NAME: Christy Caudle (She/Her)
MAJOR: Global Affairs
HOMETOWN: Austin, TX
FAVORITE EVENTS: DI, Duo
Christy Caudle is a rising junior on the team from the yeehaw state of Texas. After four years of high school competition, Christy began her collegiate speech career at Mason! When she isn’t doing speech, she quoting Disney movies or Drake and Josh and sleeping. Christy is looking forward to getting to know her new family and experiencing all that this season has to offer!
NAME: Cheriaca Huntley (She/Her)
MAJOR: Mass Communications
HOMETOWN: Carrier Mills, IL
SIGN: Chicken Nugget
FAVORITE EVENTS: POE
Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator
NAME: Makaela Reed (She/Her)
HOMETOWN: Houston, TX
FAVORITE EVENTS: POI, POE
Makaela is originally from the city that brought you chopped and screwed with lemonade on the side but traded it all to be a part of the illustrious George Mason University Forensic Team. As an active officer for the Black Student Alliance, NAACP , and Peace Jam she is an advocate for change and progression in the Black community . Outside of POI and Poetry rounds you can catch Makaela editing videos, blasting Tupac songs , and FaceTiming her family back in Houston. She has always lived by the quote “One small voice can make a huge change in the world."
NAME: Emily Williams (She/Her)
MAJOR: Government & International Politics | Minor in Legal Studies and Women and Gender Studies
HOMETOWN: Palm City, FL
FAVORITE EVENTS: POI, DUO
Emily is excited to be swapping out her sunshine state for a place where seasons actually take place! She is so happy to be a part of the GMU forensics team and loves being at mason because of the amazing political opportunities and because she looks great in green. When not participating in speech (let’s be real, never) Emily can be found studying, looking at pictures of her 3 dogs, hanging out with her sorority, or sitting in the 24 hour Starbucks late at night listening to Lorde.
NAME: Jose Quinones (He/Him)
HOMETOWN: Weston, FL
FAVORITE EVENTS: EXT
Jose is currently a sophomore on the team and a recruitment coordinator. When he isn’t prepping for 30 minutes he enjoys listening to music, playing music and video games. He fell in love with the DMV area after discovering seasons which he hadn’t known in Florida. Jose loves his big Haleigh and Izzie too.
NAME: Cordelia Tran (She/Her)
MAJOR: Government & International Politics
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, CA
FAVORITE EVENTS: POI, DUO
Cordelia is a sophomore on the GMU team, and a current tournament director. Outside of speech she enjoys cooking feasts, going to concerts, fundraising with her sorority, and hanging out of windows of fast cars! She's on a pre-law track and is also a black belt in karate! GMU You know!
NAME: Atta Gould (She/Her)
HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, NY
NAME: Steven Franklin (He/Him)