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Members of the Speaking Bearcats speech and debate team are pictured with awards they earned March 16-20 at the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament. (Submitted photo)

Members of the Speaking Bearcats speech and debate team are pictured with awards they earned March 16-20 at the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament. (Submitted photo)

    March 30, 2016

    Speaking Bearcats place high at national tournament

    The Northwest Missouri State University speech and debate team, known as the Speaking Bearcats, competed March 16-20 at the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament where they advanced to elimination rounds in 13 individual events.

    The tournament hosted by the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, is the largest national tournament in the country. Eighty-four schools participated with nearly 2,400 individual event entries and 350 debate entries.

    Emily Meyers, a senior public relations major from Maryville, led the Northwest team by placing sixth in Impromptu Speaking while competing in a field of nearly 300 entries. It was the largest event at the tournament.

    Rodney McDuffie, a junior pre-law major from Raymore, Missouri, placed third in Public Forum Speaker.

    Seven Bearcats earned at least one award and five earned at least two. Meyers earned awards in four events, while her debate partner, Nick Van Ross, a junior marketing major from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, earned awards in all five of his individual events. Additionally, all four Speaking Bearcats members competing in Prose Interpretation advanced to elimination rounds.

    A complete listing of the Speaking Bearcats’ results appears below.

    The Speaking Bearcats conclude their season April 2-3 at the Public Communication Speech and Debate League national tournament, hosted by Butler University in Indianapolis. Northwest will host the national tournament next year.

     

    After Dinner Speaking

    Emily Meyers, quarterfinalist

     

    Communication Analysis

    Alicia Johnson, quarterfinalist

    Nick Van Ross, quarterfinalist

     

    Dramatic Interpretation

    Emily Meyers, excellent

     

    Extemporaneous Speaking

    Nick Van Ross, quarterfinalist

     

    Impromptu Speaking

    Emily Meyers, sixth place

    Nick Van Ross, quarterfinalist

    Mersadie Moore, excellent

     

    Persuasive Speaking

    Alicia Johnson, quarterfinalist

    Emily Meyers, quarterfinalist

    Nick Van Ross, quarterfinalist

     

    Poetry Interpretation

    Nick Van Ross, excellent

     

    Program of Oral Interpretation

    Rodney McDuffie, excellent

     

    Prose Interpretation

    Nataleigh Brull, quarterfinalist

    Ben Ficenec, quarterfinalist

    Rodney McDuffie, quarterfinalist

    Mersadie Moore, quarterfinalist

     

    Public Forum Debate

    Rodney McDuffie and Mersadie Moore, semifinalist

     

    Public Forum Speaker

    Rodney McDuffie, third place


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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