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UNI Speech and Debate Teams Wrap up Oct. 2010 Tournaments with Strong Performances

Posted on Friday, November 12th, 2010

In the past few weeks, the UNI Individual Events Speech Team has been out and about to three tournaments (TCFL #1 on October 19; MAFL #3/4 on October 23-24). Michael Taylor picked up his first two American Forensics Association National Tournament Qualifications (AFA) with his Poetry Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation events. With Michael's two qualifications, he joins teammates Yaw Kyeremateng and Harrison Postler, who each have a qualifications for the tournament. At the TCFL #1, the team received 2nd in sweepstakes

Some highlights from the tournaments:
-We had 11 individual students place (1-7th place)
-At TCFL #1, we had three students place first: Yaw Kyeremateng (Prose Interpretation), Chris Outzen (Persuasion), and first year Zoe Russell (Impromptu). Michael Taylor was second in Poetry, Sophomore Chase Aunspach was second and Junior Mandy Paris was 3rd in After Dinner Speaking.

The UNI Debate Team had a strong showing at the Motor City Classic hosted by Wayne State University (MI) on the last weekend of October. We took two varsity debate teams and both teams made it to elimination rounds. The team of Allie Chase (Junior) and Thomas Casady (First Year) were 5-3 in preliminary rounds and 8th seed. Allie and Thomas were undefeated the first day, and beat a team from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor to reach elimination rounds. Allie and Thomas beat Capital University (Ohio) in the partial octa finals, but lost to Iowa in their quarterfinals debate. This is Allie and Thomas's second tournament of the year, and they have a winning record at both tournaments. The team of Al Hiland (Senior) and Zach Simonson (Junior) were 4-4 in prelims, but lost to another U of Michigan team in the partial octa finals (a team that is currently in the finals of the tournament).

The debate team will travel to Wake Forest University the third weekend of November to compete at one of the most exclusive tournaments in the country, the Shirley Invitational.

The speech team is gearing up for the Norton Invitational at Bradley University. This is one of the most competitive tournaments of the fall season, and we will be sending 9 students to represent UNI.