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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 4, 2011

Forensics team finishes season with individual national champion, runner-up

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University forensics team completed one of the most successful seasons in its history at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament, March 23-26, where two of its members finished first and second, respectively, in the nation.

Carl Stafford, a sophomore speech and theater education major from St. Louis, earned a Superior Award and was crowned national champion in the programmed oral interpretation category. In the same category, Jory Baker, a senior English education major from Independence, earned a Superior Award and finished as the national runner-up.

The tournament at Mount Hood Community College in Portland, Ore., featured more than 70 schools participating with some events drawing more than 100 competitors vying for top honors.

Stafford also earned a Superior Award for his 10th-place finish in dramatic interpretation. He earned four Excellence Awards, placing 13th in dramatic duo, 20th in poetry, 25th in prose and 56th in impromptu.

Baker earned his second individual Superior Award with a 13th-place finish in prose. He also earned Excellence Awards, placing 13th in dramatic duo and 23rd in poetry.

Stevye Freeman, a sophomore pre-nursing major from Kansas City, earned an Excellence Award by placing 32nd in poetry.

During its 2010-11 season, the Northwest forensics team brought home six sweepstakes trophies that included three first-place finishes.

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