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Northwest Missouri State University

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Northwest forensics team

The Northwest forensics team poses with their hardware Oct. 30 after the Longview Community College Central States Tournament in Lee's Summit. The team, which placed first in the sweepstakes category, will present a "Forensics Showcase" at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4 in Wells Hall Room 117.

Nov. 3, 2010

Northwest forensics team speaking its way to success

MARYVILLE, Mo. - For the second consecutive weekend and the third time in a month the Northwest forensics team placed first in a sweepstakes category Oct. 30 at the Longview Community College Central States Tournament in Lee's Summit.

The public is invited to watch members of the Northwest forensics team in action during its "Forensics Showcase" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in Wells Hall Room 117 on the Northwest campus.

Director of Forensics Dave Nelson, who is in his third year leading the team, said the members' ability to work together is a large reason for their overall success.

"Each member helps each other out," Nelson said. "It's truly a team endeavor. One person can be successful, but we don't win as a team with just one person."

The team, which consists of 15 students this year, has excelled in program interpretation, platform events, informative speaking and debate programs. Nelson also said younger team members have come on strong thanks to senior leadership.

Camron Hull, a senior Geographic Information Science major from Maryville, echoed Nelson, saying the team has grown into a family.

"We spend a lot of time with each other," Hull said. "Our team dynamic is that of story books. When a team gets along like we do, it grows together."

The team was led at the Central States Tournament with first place finishes by Carl Stafford in dramatic interpretation and program oral interpretation, Chelsea Nett in prose, and Bree Berner earned a first place speaker award in open parliamentary debate. Several more members earned second and third place finishes.

Additionally, the team took first place in debate sweepstakes Oct. 23 at the Kansas City, Kansas Community College Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Tournament. Stafford placed first in program oral interpretation, and Tyler Gillette and Zach Haffecke took first place in debate. Gillette also received a first place speaking award.

On Oct. 2, the team took first place in the overall sweepstakes category at the Golden Eagle Scrimmage at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.

The experience of participating in debate and forensics activities helps shape students into leaders, Nelson said. While the team often attracts speech and theater education majors, it produces graduates who become politicians, lawyers and leaders in their communities.

"These programs need the support of the university and the community, and we're lucky to have that," Nelson said.

In addition to Nelson's leadership, Jory Baker, senior English education major from Independence, is captain of the team. Stafford, a sophomore speech and theatre education major from St. Louis, serves as the team's recruiter. Teresa Parvin, of Maryville, is working toward her master's degree in teaching English, is the team's graduate assistant.

"Without their dedication to our team we could not have been as successful as we are," Hull said. "Our new people are really coachable, which has helped them see success. We are competitive within the team. When people on the team succeed, it shows other members that they can succeed too."

This weekend the team travels to Warrensburg for the University of Central Missouri Tournament.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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