Department of Communication Studies

UNI Forensics Team Records More Victories

Friday, Jan 25, 2013

The UNI Forensics team was busy over last weekend, hosting a speech tournament on campus, competing at Wartburg, and the debaters competed at Indiana University.

On the debate side, the varsity team of Abbie Shew and Zach Simonson advanced to the partial octafinals. With a 4-3 record in the preliminary rounds, they lost to Emory University last night, but had good wins in the preliminary rounds against another Emory team, Wayne State University (MI), and Augustana College (IL).

This is the first time Abbie and Zach have cleared as a team this season, and Abbie's first elimination appearance as a collegiate competitor. Abbie competed in Lincoln Douglas debate in high school, so this year is her first full year as a policy debater, where she is competing in the highest level of debate competition.

Novice Katie Evans debated with a student from Indiana at her second tournament ever. They were 4-3 in preliminary rounds and beat teams from Wayne State and Indiana University and were one spot away from clearing to the semifinals. The debate team will take this success to Northwestern University in early February, where Zach and Abbie will have the opportunity to compete at the last national caliber tournament before national qualifiers.

On the speech side, the team hosted the Henderson Invitational on Saturday. We were pleased to have teams from Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, and North and South Dakota competing at this collegiate speech tournament. We are also grateful for the many alums who helped with the judging this weekend, including Ryan McGeough, Danielle Dick McGeough, Coltrane Carlson, and DOF emeritus, Bill Henderson.

The team had an opportunity to compete at the second day of the swing, hosted by Wartburg College. Three of the novice students competed at UNI, and the full squad competed at the Wartburg tournament. The team won 3rd place in team sweepstakes, and several students reached finals.

Zoe Russell
2nd Place in After Dinner Speaking (Wartburg)
3rd Place in Informative Speaking (Wartburg)
7th Place in Communication Analysis (Wartburg)

Maddison Jansen
2nd Place in Poetry (Wartburg)
5th Place in Impromptu Speaking (UNI)

Anthony Peavy
4th Place (UNI) and 6th (Wartburg) and Program Oral Interpretation

Harrison Postler
Won Drama (Wartburg)

Ryan Courtney
2nd Place in Duo Interpretation (Wartburg) with Michael Taylor
2nd Place in Prose Interpretation (Wartburg)

Jordan Lukehart
3rd Place in After Dinner Speaking (Wartburg)

Heather Kelly
3rd Place in Program Oral Interpretation (Wartburg)

Keegan Bosch
5th Place in Informative Speaking (Wartburg)

The speech team will complete its three tournaments in three weekends this weekend by traveling to MAFL #5/6, which will be directed by Rebecca Buel (UNI's Director of Individual Events). Rebecca runs four, two day tournaments per season as part of her work as Executive Secretary of MAFL, in addition to her duties at UNI. Rebecca has done a wonderful job directing the MAFLs for this year, and has helped implement improvements to the tournaments, such as providing internship opportunities for student competitors.

We appreciate all of your support for the team and we will continue to keep you updated!

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