Students talk their way to the top...

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Shawn KlattWhen SCSU senior Shawn Klatt won the 133rd Interstate Oratory Contest this spring in Boston, Mass., he became the university's first national champion in persuasive speaking, the first Minnesota student to advance past semi-finals in five years, and the first Minnesotan to win the event since 1982.

The political science major, who has been in the SCSU forensics program for three years, was one of two Minnesota students who won a trip to the nationals by placing first at the State Forensics Tournament. His topic was "Silence: America's Complacency Toward the HIV Epidemic."

Klatt was also among four students who competed against some of the most talented students in the country at the prestigious American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament.

Taking first or second place in one or more rounds of competition were junior Jessica Whitaker in drama interpretation, senior Scott Determan in impromptu speaking, freshman Sean Olson in impromptu and extemporaneous speaking, and Klatt in persuasive speaking, communication analysis and extemporaneous speaking.

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