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Forensic team triumphs

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thomas Opatz pic

Thomas Opatz took 1st place in Program of Oral Interpretation at the Vocal Viking Invitational Tournament.

Thomas Opatz pic Ben Kaufman pic 

St. Cloud State University Forensics has excelled at several tournaments this fall, both as a team and through its individual members.  

The team finished fourth out of 14 teams in School Sweepstakes at the Vocal Viking Invitational speech and debate tournament on Oct. 30-31. Many team members also walked away with individual awards at the tournament including a first-place finish in Program of Oral Interpretation.

Team members also won individual awards at the Mid-America Forensics Association Tournaments and the Twin Cities Forensic League Tournament.

Vocal Viking Invitational Tournament individual honors:

  • Thomas Opatz (Cambridge, Minn.) – 1st place in Program of Oral Interpretation, 2nd place in Dramatic Interpretation, 3rd in Poetry Interpretation and 7th in Mini-Interpretation
  • Katlyn Carson (St. Paul Park, Minn.) – 4th place in Poetry Interpretation and 4th place in After Dinner Speaking
  • Jacenta Boser (Shoreview, Minn.) – 5th place in Informative Speaking

Mid-America Forensics Association Tournaments individual honors:         

  • Ben Kaufman (Sauk Rapids, Minn.) – 1st and 4th place in Dramatic Poetry, 4th in Prose Interpretation,  and 5th place in Poetry Interpretation and Program of Oral Interpretation
  • Thomas Opatz (Cambridge, Minn.) – 9th place in Program of Oral Interpretation

Twin Cities Forensics League Tournaments individual honors:

  • Katlyn Carson (St. Paul Park, Minn.) – 1st place in Poetry Interpretation and 9th place in Prose Interpretation
  • Thomas Opatz (Cambridge, Minn.) – 3rd place in Drama and 4th place in Poetry Interpretation

Forensics teaches students a variety of important skills such as public speaking, research, organization, leadership, group work and critical thinking. Members have immense freedom in choosing, researching and editing their topics, and are provided with extensive support and assistance from coaches and peers.

St. Cloud State University offers nearly 200 student organizations that encourage student involvement on campus. These organizations give students the opportunity to network with students who have similar interests, build experience for their resumes, gain skills for future employment and foster an active campus community.

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