Department of Communication Studies

UNI Speech Team Takes 10th Place in Team Sweepstakes at National Tournament

The UNI Speech Team rolled to a record performance at the AFA-NIET National Tournament, hosted by Texas State University-San Marcos. UNI Forensics sent 6 students with 24 events to the tournament. The team had one of the best performances in recent history.

Overall, the team took 10th in Team Sweepstakes, improving on last year's result of 13th!

All six students who qualified to the tournament made it to elimination rounds.

Junior Harrison Postler cleared to finals in three of his six events. Based on discussions with alumni, we believe that this is the first time in UNI Forensics history where an individual competitor has taken three events to finals in one year. Harrison was 11th overall in individual sweepstakes with 98 points. Harrison's results were:

2nd Place - Duo Interpretation (with first year Ryan Courtney)
5th Place - After Dinner Speaking
6th Place - Impromptu Speaking

Ryan is a first year college student with substantial high school experience. However, this year was his first AFA-NIET tournament.

We had seven events make it to elimination rounds. Four members of the team made it to the quarterfinals in their events:

Program Oral Interpretation - Michael Taylor (Senior)
After Dinner Speaking - Mandy Paris (Senior), Zoe Russell (Sophomore), and Jordan Lukehart (First Year)

The Speech Team is coached by Rebecca Buel.

"We are so appreciative of all of the support that the team receives from the department, college, and UNI Forensics Alumni," said UNI Director of Forensics Kate Lavelle. "We are happy to share such great results from AFA-NIET."

Full AFA results are available at the AFA-NIET Tournament website http://www.afa-niet.org/.

Photo:  Jordan Lukehart, Ryan Courtney, Rebecca Buel, Harrison Postler, Mandy Paris, Zoe Russell.