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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