Department of Communication Studies

Debate and Speech Teams Win Several Awards in Final Tournaments of 2012

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012

The debate team traveled three teams to the Redbird Invitational at Illinois State. The varsity team of Abbie Shew and Zach Simonson went 3-3 in preliminary rounds, but did not clear to elimination rounds based on speaker points. Two of the novice debaters (students competing for the first time ever) won speaker awards. Katie Evans (1st Place) and Justin Sparland (4th Place). Congratulations to Katie and Justin for winning awards at their first tournament!

The speech team competed at the Outer Limits Tournament in Kearney, NE on December 1-2. The team received 3rd place in sweepstakes for the tournament and several individual students won awards at the two-day tournament:

Harrison Postler
2nd Place in Individual Sweepstakes (for the weekend), and 1st Place (Day 1)
Won Prose (Day 1) and Duo Interpretation with Ryan Courtney (both days!)
7th Place in Dramatic Interpretation (Day 2)
Semifinalist in Impromptu (Day 2)

Zoe Russell
3rd Place in Extemporaneous Speaking (Day 2)
5th Place in three events Day 1 (Extemporaneous Speaking, Communication Analysis, and Persuasion)

Mandy Paris
2nd (Day 1) and 4th Place (Day 2) in Dramatic Interpretation

Ryan Courtney
4th Place in Duo Interpretation with Michael Taylor (Day 2)
Semifinalist in Prose Interpretation (Day 2)

Keegan Bosch
3rd Place in two events Day 1 (Poetry Interpretation & Informative Speaking)
4th Place in Informative Speaking (Day 2)

Scott Bredman
5th Place in Poetry Interpretation (Day 1)
6th Place in Duo Interpretation with Keegan Bosch (Day 2)

Michael Taylor
4th Place in Prose Interpretation (Day 2)

Jordan Lukehart
3rd Place in After Dinner Speaking (Day 1)

This weekend, much of the team, including all three directors (Kate Lavelle, Richard Tews, and Rebecca Buel), will be traveling to Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines to judge and recruit at their all-events tournament. Tim Sheaff, the Director of Forensics at Dowling, has been very helpful in letting us come to his tournament to judge over the past few years. The team will be on break until the second week of January - the speech team will head to Illinois to compete at the Hell Froze Over Tournament at Bradley University and the University of Texas-Dallas/University of North Texas. Both tournaments are national caliber tournaments that will give the teams opportunities to test their abilities against competitors from across the country, as well as represent UNI.

We hope that you all have a wonderful holiday!

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