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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

March 31, 2009

Forensics team places in top 25 percent at national tournament

The Northwest forensics and debate team under coach David Nelson, instructor of communication, theatre and languages, finished in 13th place overall out of 64 teams competing in the biennial Pi Kappa Delta Convention and Tournament March 18-21 in Shreveport, La. Pi Kappa Delta is a national public speaking and debate honor society for undergraduate university students.

Individual results for members of the Northwest squad included:

Michael Russell: dramatic interpretation award of excellence, superior rating in duo, impromptu award of excellence, programmed oral interpretation award of excellence, prose award of excellence and after-dinner speaking award of excellence. Russell is a senior speech communication major from Maryville.

Steven Perkins: superior rating in dramatic oral interpretation, superior rating in duo, prose award of excellence and superior rating in poetry. Perkins is a theatre performance major from St. Louis.

Michelle Trester: dramatic interpretation award of excellence and superior rating for prose. Trester is a senior theatre performance major from Kansas City.

Chelsea Nett: Prose award for excellence. Nett is a junior theatre performance major from Corning, Iowa.

Jory Baker: superior rating for impromptu, JV parliamentary debate award of excellence and JV parliamentary debate quarterfinalist. Baker is a junior English major from Independence.

Michael Tweedy: JV parliamentary debate award of excellence and JV parliamentary debate quarterfinalist. Tweedy is a senior political science major from Independence.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468