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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 22, 2011

Forensics team earns second, third in sweepstakes categories at weekend tournament

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University forensics team continued its successful season over the weekend at the Missouri State Tournament at Evangel University in Springfield, where the team finished second in the individual sweepstakes and third in the overall team sweepstakes.

Jory Baker, a senior English education major from Independence, led the way for the team with first place finishes in programmed oral interpretation and poetry. He also placed third in prose and fifth in dramatic interpretation.

Carl Stafford, a sophomore speech and theater education major from St. Louis, placed in multiple categories, including a first-place finish in prose. He also finished second in programmed oral interpretation and earned a sixth-place novice parliamentary debate speaker award.

Baker and Stafford placed third and fourth, respectively in the pentathlon category, designated for competitors who enter in five or more events.

Stafford and Drew Paulman also were semifinalists in the novice parli debate competition.

Other individual winners were:

The forensics team this academic year is enjoying one of the most successful campaigns in its history, bringing home five sweepstakes trophies during the fall, including three first-place finishes.

The team will finish its season with the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament March 23-26 at Mount Hood Community College in Portland, Ore., and the International Forensics Tournament March 10-22 in Budapest, Hungary.

David Nelson, instructor of communication, theatre and languages, coaches the Northwest forensics team. For more information contact him at

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