Debate Team Makes Finals at U of Iowa; Speech Team Places High in Several Events in Nebraska
The UNI Forensics team just completed its last round of weekend tournaments for the semester. Richard Tews, Kiran Dhillon, and I took the debate team to the University of Iowa for the A. Craig Baird Forum Invitational. The team of Allie Chase and Thomas Casady had a tough preliminary set of debates (3-3), but fought their way into finals. They beat Kansas City Kansas Community College in the quarterfinals, the top seed Minnesota in semifinals, and lost on a 2-1 decision to Concordia in finals. Concordia and Minnesota are both district rivals. Allie (4th) and Thomas (7th) both received individual speaker awards. Allie and Thomas have traveled as a team four times this semester, and have cleared at every tournament except Wake Forest University. The debate team will be traveling the first weekend after school begins to the Illinois State University Invitational.
On the speech side, Rebecca Buel and Ian Hopkins took the students to the University of Nebraska-Kearney for the Outer Limits Invitational. We normally don't travel to this tournament, but speech teams benefit from an early season tournament hosted by the school that will be hosting the American Forensics Association National Tournament. It's good opportunity to learn the campus, community, and local judging pool. Senior Yaw Kyeremateng won 3rd place in individual sweepstakes for his overall performance at the tournament. He and Sophomore Harrison Postler qualified their Duo Interpretation to the American Forensics Association National Tournament, by placing 1st (Day 1) and 3rd (Day 2) in the event. Their qualification is our 5th event qualified to AFA, and we will have opportunities next semester to qualify events. Individually, Yaw won dramatic interpretation (Day 1), placed 2nd in poetry interpretation (Day 1); Harrison placed 5th both days in impromptu speaking, and 4th in poetry interpretation (Day 2). Senior Chris Outzen placed 5th in After Dinner Speaking and Persuasion on Day 2. Rebecca will be taking students to the last Twin Cities Forensics League (TCFL) tournament this morning, and then the speech team will break for the holiday - their next tournament will be at Bradley University in Illinois.
Our entire coaching staff and some of our students will be heading to the Dowling Paradigm Tournament in West Des Moines, IA this weekend for a recruiting trip. This 3-day high school tournament is one of the most competitive in the country, and will have 77 high schools from 7 states represented at the tournament. We will judge and talk to recruits about attending UNI next year.
Dr. Katherine L. Lavelle
Director of Forensics
Assistant Professor of Com. Studies
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50613-0139