Oct. 21, 2011
Forensics team successful at season-opening tournaments
The Northwest Missouri State University forensics team claimed several individual and team honors at three recent tournaments to open its 2011-12 season.
The team traveled Oct. 14-16 to the 21st Annual Sunflower Swing Tournaments hosted by Bethel College and Sterling College in Newtown, Kan. As one of 15 schools competing, Northwest placed sixth overall.
Team President Carl Stafford, a senior from St. Louis, led the team with two second-place finishes in dramatic interpretation and sixth in prose interpretation. Gabrielle Ray, a sophomore from St. Louis, placed fifth in prose interpretation. Samantha Stone, a sophomore from Independence, placed fourth in poetry interpretation.
The field included Nebraska-Omaha and Nebraska-Lincoln, which are ranked No. 5 and No. 7 in the nation, respectively. Other competitors included the University of Central Missouri, Southwest Baptist University and Missouri State University.
Director of Forensics Brian Swafford, who is in his first year at Northwest, said the tournament provided a good experience for the young team.
“Everyone took home something positive from the weekend,” Swafford said. “I am especially proud of Gabrielle Ray, who advanced to the finals in prose interpretation at her very first tournament.”
The team traveled to South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., Oct. 7-8, and finished 10th among 20 schools competing at the Jackrabbit Jousts. Nine of the competing schools ranked among the top 20 at one of three national tournaments last year.
The Northwest team traveled nine students, six of whom were competing in their first tournament of the season.
Stafford led the team by placing second in poetry interpretation and third in prose interpretation. Also, he placed third in the individual sweepstakes, meaning he placed third overall at the tournament.
The team began its season Sept. 24-25 at the Hutchinson Community College Forensics Tournament.“Judges consistently commented on the quality of the presentations and the natural talent of the performers that would only improve over the course of the season,” Swafford said.
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