Department of Communication Studies

UNI Forensics Team Places 7th in National Speech Tournament

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012

Greetings friends of UNI Forensics!

I hope that this message finds you well. I have great news from the 65th Annual Norton Invitational. This tournament is one of the largest and most prestigious speech tournaments in the fall. Forty seven schools competed over two days at Bradley University. UNI Forensics placed 7th in team sweepstakes! This tournament is the teams' first opportunity to preview events We had several students who placed in individual events:

Michael Taylor
2nd in Poetry Interpretation (80 competitors - 6 in finals)
5th in Program Oral Interpretation (52 competitors - 6 in finals)
Semifinalist in Prose Interpretation (130 competitors - 12 in semis)
Semifinalist in Dramatic Interpretation (83 competitors - 12 in semis)

Harrison Postler
2nd in After Dinner Speaking (80 competitors - 6 in finals)
Semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking (105 competitors - 13 in semis)
5th Place in Pentathalon (Individual Sweepstakes)

Ryan Courtney
Semifinalist in Duo Interpretation with Harrison Postler (55 teams - 12 in semis)
Quarter finalist in Prose Interpretation (130 competitors - 24 competitors in finals)

Zoe Russell
Semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking (105 competitors - 13 in semis)

We had several students win awards in the novice division (for first year collegiate competitors and brand new students)

Keegan Bosch
1st Place - Novice Pentathalon
4th Place - Novice Extemporaneous Speaking (47 competitors - 6 in semis)
Semifinalist - Novice Impromptu (62 competitors - 12 in semis)

Scott Bredman
5th Place in Duo Interpretation with Keegan Bosch (21 teams - 6 in finals)
Semifinalist in Novice Impromptu (62 competitors - 12 in semis)

Maddison Jansen
Semifinalist in Novice Impromptu (62 competitors - 12 in semis)

The speech team will be taking a break this weekend after traveling the last three weekends in a row. The debate team will head to Winston-Salem, NC, for one of their biggest tournaments of the year. The Franklin R. Shirley Classic is one the most competitive tournaments on the policy debate circuit. Abbie and Zach will be one of 132, two-person teams competing at this 8 round tournament. Seventy two schools will be competing, and Abbie and Zach will have the opportunity to compete against a wide variety programs, including: Harvard, Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Kansas.

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Dr. Katherine L. Lavelle
Director of Forensics
Assistant Professor of Com. Studies
University of Northern Iowa
334 Lang
Cedar Falls, IA 50613-0139
319-273-7200
katherine.lavelle@uni.edu