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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Feb. 20, 2013

Speaking Bearcats forensics team wins state championship

Northwest Missouri State University’s Speaking Bearcats are the best college forensics team in the state after claiming the 2013 Missouri Association of Forensic Activities championship Feb. 15 at Southwest Baptist University.

“This success not only acknowledges the hard work of the team this past season, but positions them well for the upcoming Pi Kappa Delta Biennial Convention in March,” Director of Forensics Brian Swafford said.

Carl Stafford, a senior speech and theater education major from St. Louis, was named Pentathlon State Champion as the best speaker in the state of Missouri. He also was crowned state champion in dramatic interpretation. Stafford placed second in program of oral interpretation and poetry interpretation and reached the semifinals in impromptu speaking.

Additionally, Sam Stone, a senior elementary education major from Independence, was named state champion in poetry interpretation. Gabbi Ray, a junior merchandising major from St. Louis, won the state title in program of oral interpretation and placed third in poetry interpretation.

Other top competitors for the Northwest team included:

  • Kelsey Bowers, a junior speech and theater education major from Independence, was runner-up in dramatic interpretation and fourth in prose interpretation.
  • Meghan Boucher, a junior theater: technical and design major from Council Bluffs, Iowa, placed fourth in dramatic interpretation.
  • Tony Pulford, a junior theater major from Independence, placed fifth in dramatic interpretation.
  • In dramatic duo interpretation, Pulford and Stone placed third; Nataleigh Brull, a freshman pre-nursing major from Overland Park, Kan., and Pulford placed fourth; and Stafford and Ray placed fifth.

The Pi Kappa Delta Biennial Convention, the organization’s national tournament will take place March 14-16 at Webster University in St. Louis.

Capping its 2010-2011 season at the national contest, Stafford earned a Superior Award and was crowned national champion in the programmed oral interpretation category. In the same category, Jory Baker earned a Superior Award and finished as the national runner-up. That season, the Northwest forensics team brought home six sweepstakes trophies that included three first-place finishes.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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