New members contribute to speech/debate team success

Friday, December 5, 2008


ST. CLOUD, Minn. – A number of new members on the St. Cloud State University forensics team competed in the Twin Cities Forensics League Tournament #3 on Dec. 2 at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. Seventeen schools from four states attended the competition.

The St. Cloud State team was led by sophomore and new member Casey Schmoll (St. Cloud, Minn.). Schmoll took first place in prose interpretation and fourth in duo interpretation with his partner Anna Rooney. Rooney (Rockford, Ill.) also placed fourth in program of oral interpretation.

Junior Katlyn Carson (St. Paul Park, Minn.) placed fifth in poetry interpretation and competed in prose interpretation. Junior Crystal Holzer (New Brighton, Minn.), freshman Matthew O’Neil (New Ulm, Minn.) and sophomore Ben Kaufman (Sauk Rapids, Minn.) also participated in the tournament.

The forensics team is one of more than 200 student organizations at St. Cloud State. Participation in speech and debate teaches students important critical skills, including public speaking, interpretive analysis, research methods, organization, leadership, group work and intercultural and critical thinking. The activity is open to any St. Cloud State student in good standing. The team is coached by Scott Wells, Denee Janda, Paul Janda and Mridula Mascarenhas.

For more information about speech and debate, contact Director of Forensics Scott Wells at or (320) 308-3000.

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