Communication and Media

UNI Forensics: Speech and Debate Teams Ready for Nationals

Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2012

While most of the UNI community is on spring break, the speech and debate teams are preparing for nationals. The speech team traveled to Omaha this weekend to compete at the District IV qualifying tournament. We have six students taking 24 events to nationals. Last year, we had 7 students who qualified 24 events to nationals, so the group that we are taking this year will have more opportunities to clear at the tournament. Two of our team members qualified 6 events, the maximum allowed at the tournament. Here is our final breakdown of events qualification.

Senior Michael Taylor (6 events): Prose Interpretation, Informative Speaking, Program Oral Interpretation, Duo Interpretation (with Harrison), Poetry Interpretation, and Drama Interpretation.

Junior Harrison Postler (6 events): Duo Interpretation (with Michael Taylor & Ryan Courtney), After Dinner Speaking, Informative Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, and Poetry Interpretation.

Senior Mandy Paris (3 events): Prose Interpretation, Drama Interpretation, and After Dinner Speaking.

Sophomore Zoe Russell (4 events): Impromptu Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, and After Dinner Speaking.

First Year Jordan Lukehart (2 events): Extemporaneous Speaking and After Dinner Speaking.

First Year Ryan Courtney (5 events!):  Prose Interpretation, Duo Interpretation (with Harrison), Program Oral Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, and Dramatic Interpretation.

We are extremely proud of the season that the team has had, and the students will travel to the University of Texas-San Marcos the first weekend of April.

On the debate side, the debate team of Allie Chase and Thomas Casady were first alternate for a second round. While there is a chance that they could compete at the NDT, they will conclude their season at the CEDA Nationals Tournament. With 164 two person teams, it is the largest national tournament in the country. They will be traveling to the University of Oklahoma the weekend after school starts.

We hope that you all are having a great spring break! Don't forget about the speech showcase on March 28, 2012 in Lang Auditorium at 7 p.m.!

All the best,

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