Speech and debate team takes first in tourney

Friday, November 7, 2008


ST. CLOUD, MN – The St. Cloud State University forensics team took first place at the Vocal Viking Invitational Speech & Debate Tournament hosted by Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minn., on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Twelve schools from three states participated in the competition.

St. Cloud State’s team was lead by junior Andrea Lovoll (Northfield, Minn.), who finished second in parliamentary debate with her debate partner, junior Paul Berkesch. Lovell also placed second in impromptu speaking, fourth in persuasive speaking, eighth in program of oral interpretation, and eighth in prose interpretation. Berkesch (St. Cloud, Minn.) also finished fourth in individual debate speaker points.

Sophomore Casey Schmoll (St. Cloud, Minn.) finished first in prose interpretation and first in duo interpretation with his partner, junior Anna Rooney. Rooney (Rockford, Ill.) also placed first individually in program of oral interpretation. Junior Katlyn Cason (St. Paul Park, Minn.) finished third in poetry interpretation and fourth in prose interpretation.

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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