Communication and Media

Speech Team Does Three Tournaments in Four Days

Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

UNI Speech Team

The speech team just completed three tournaments in four days! In this time span, the team picked up five more AFA qualifications (bringing the team total to 15)!

This past weekend, the team competed at the Love Fest in Wisconsin. The team was 2nd in sweepstakes on Saturday and 4th for the weekend. At the Grace Walsh Tournament, Senior Mandy Paris won individual sweepstakes by placing in four events. She won Dramatic Interpretation, placed 2nd in Prose Interpretation, 5th in Program Oral Interpretation, and 6th in After Dinner Speaking. Mandy qualified her Dramatic Interpretation to AFA, her first event qualified this year. Junior Harrison Postler picked up an additional AFA qualification by winning After Dinner Speaking. Harrison has qualified five events to nationals, and has a limit of six. In addition to his AFA qualification, Harrison was 3rd in Poetry Interpretation.

Other students who placed over the weekend were Senior Michael Taylor (2nd - Dramatic Interpretation), First Year Ryan Courtney (2nd and 3rd in Program Oral Interpretation; 3rd in Prose Interpretation), and First Year Jordan Lukehart (4th in After Dinner Speaking).

On Tuesday, the team picked up three more AFA Qualifications at TCFL #5. Ryan Courtney qualified his Prose Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation by winning both events. Ryan has qualified four events to AFA so far the season. Sophomore Zoe Russell qualified her third event to AFA by winning Extemporaneous Speaking. She also placed second in Persuasive Speaking. Jordan Lukehart won After Dinner Speaking and reached the finals of Impromptu. First year Heather Kelly reached the finals of Poetry Interpretation, and the team was 3rd in sweepstakes.

UNI Debate Team

The debate team was also on the road this weekend. Allie Chase and Thomas Casady competed at the Texas Tournament, the last national tournament of the regular season. One hundred and forty-four 2-person teams competed in the highly competitive field. Allie and Thomas ended up 4-4, defeating teams from the University of Georgia, Weber State University (UT), Gonzaga (WA), and Arizona State University. Allie and Thomas have competed at four national tournaments this season, and have ended up with a 50% or better record, which is the best season record that UNI Debate has had on the national circuit in several years.

Both squads will home this weekend. The debate team is preparing for the District IV National Debate Tournament Qualifiers. Allie and Thomas will be competing against teams from Minnesota and Iowa for one of three slots to the NDT, the debate equivalent of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. The speech team has two more regular season tournaments before they compete at the District IV AFA tournament in mid-March.

Don't forget to attend the speech showcase on March 28th in Lang Auditorium at 7pm. It will be a great opportunity to see the talented and hard working speech tournament before they head to San Marcos, TX for AFA-NIET Nationals!


Dr. Katherine L. Lavelle
Director of Forensics
Assistant Professor of Com. Studies
University of Northern Iowa
334 Lang
Cedar Falls, IA 50613-0139