On Friday, June 17, the Nancy Anderson Haga Forensic Hall of Fame will be officially kicked off with a reception (tickets required) at the Gee-Price Center at the Fuqua School. In 1965, Dr. Haga started a forensic program at then Prince Edward Academy to allow students the opportunity to compete in debate and speech tournaments. That program existed until the mid-1990s. This year under the leadership of John Melton, Fuqua Head of School, the forensic program was re-activated and Dr. Robert Frank (’65) was hired to serve as the coach. To recognize her contributions to debate and speech, the newly created Forensic Hall of Fame will be named in honor of Dr. Haga. Her former students, colleagues and members of the community are urged to attend this event to honor a woman who has given so much to improving the lives at the School, Farmville and neighboring counties, as well as throughout the state of Virginia.
The event of June 17 will serve two basic purposes. First, those present will honor the contributions Dr. Haga has made to debate and speech to the School and to the surrounding area. Dr. Haga also taught and coached speech at Longwood University. In that capacity, she hosted one of the largest high school debate and speech tournaments in Virginia each year. In order to allow schools with small or no budgets, her tournament was the least expensive invitational tournament in the state. During the summers, Dr. Haga brought in outside coaches to run the debate, speech and drama workshops that provided students individualize training in these co-curricular activities. In the early 1990’s the Virginia High School League recognized her contributions to debate, speech and drama by inducting her into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame. Second, the current members of the Fuqua Debate team will be recognized for their accomplishment this year. After years of inactivity, Fuqua School’s charter in the National Forensic League (NFL) has been reactivated. Past members of the NFL will help induct the four newest members: Max Gebauer, Paavan Bonagiri, Christopher Kendall, and Alexa Marzloff. The induction ceremony will be a symbolic event to connect the program of the past to the present one.