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Forensics' fine finish

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ben Kaufman pic

Sophomore Ben Kaufman is part of the forensics team that attended the Twin Cities Forensics League Tournament #3 and University of Wisconsin-Stout�s 45th Annual Invitational Individual Events Tournament in Menomonie, Wis.

The Speech & Debate team is fresh from competition heading into winter break. 

On Dec. 1, 2009, the team attended the Twin Cities Forensics League Tournament #3.  The tournament was at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, and was attended by sixteen schools from four states. 

Junior Akinfolarin Gazal, St. Cloud, placed first in impromptu speaking and freshman Sarah Collie, Menomonie, Wis., finished first in program oral interpretation.  Freshman Jacenta Boser, Shoreview, placed fifth in informative speaking and sophomore Thomas Opatz finished seventh in prose interpretation.  Senior Katlyn Carson, St. Paul Park, finished seventh in after dinner speaking and eighth in poetry interpretation.  Freshman Jessica Shorter, Cannon Falls, and freshman Nicole Hudak, Medford, Wis., finished seventh in Duo Interpretation and Shorter finished eighth in extemporaneous speaking.  Additionally, Opatz competed in Impromptu Speaking.

On Dec. 4-5, the team also competed at the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s 45th Annual Invitational Individual Events Tournament in Menomonie, Wis.  The tournament was attended by fifteen schools from five states.  Sophomore Ben Kaufman, Sauk Rapids, and freshman Bailey Hess, Andover, placed third in duo interpretation. Kaufman also finished seventh in prose interpretation, eighth in dramatic interpretation and ninth in program of oral interpretation. Opatz placed sixth in program of oral Interpretation, seventh in poetry interpretation, seventh in prose interpretation, and 10th in dramatic interpretation.  In addition, Carson finished sixth in after dinner speaking and 10th in poetry interpretation.  Sarah Collie, Menomonie, Wis., finished ninth in program of oral interpretation and the duo of Shorter and Hudak finished seventh in duet interpretation.  Jacenta Boser, Shoreview, finished 10th in informative speaking.  Additionally, senior Onome Egi, St. Paul, competed in impromptu speaking and after dinner speaking, while Shorter competed in extemporaneous speaking and Collie in prose interpretation.

The team will have six weeks off before starting a busy spring season.  The first tournament of the spring semester: the Sleet & Sun Speech and Debate Tournament on Jan. 15-17 at Concordia University in Seward, Neb.  The St. Cloud State Speech & Debate Program will also be hosting college and high school speech tournaments on campus in Feb. 2010.  

Participation in forensics (speech & debate) teaches students important critical skills, including public speaking, interpretive analysis, research methods, organizational, leadership, group work, intercultural, and critical thinking. The activity is open to any student in good academic standing.  The St. Cloud State Speech & Debate team is coached by Scott Wells, Eric Short, and Jocelyn Walsh. For more information, contact Scott Wells, director of forensics, at sdwells@stcloudstate.edu or 320-308-3000. 

The forensics team is one of nearly 200 student organizations at St. Cloud State that give students’ leadership, management, and volunteer service/learning opportunities and which foster an active campus community.

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