Northwood University Competitive Speech Team Places at Bowling Green State University

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The Northwood University Competitive Speech Team (Forensics) began the season with an overall record of 26 wins and 10 losses.

MIDLAND, MI – The Northwood University Competitive Speech Team (Forensics) began the season with an overall record of 26 wins and 10 losses. Four members of the team placed this past weekend at Bowling Green State University’s Falcon Classic and Birds of a Feather tournaments, held respectively on Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11. Overall, Northwood placed 6th in both tournaments out of 19 individual events. The team’s placement was largely determined by earning preliminary and individual points.

On Saturday at the Falcon Classic, Kirk Longuski, a sophomore from Essexville, placed 1st in impromptu speaking and 2nd in persuasion, while freshman McKenzie Terwillegar of Highland placed 6th in novice impromptu. At the Birds of a Feather tournament on Sunday, four students placed: Cody Colella, a junior from Butler, PA, earned 6th in informative speaking; Longuski earned 5th in impromptu speaking; Sarita McKinnie, a junior from Detroit, placed 4th in programed oral interpretation; and Terwillegar earned 2nd in novice impromptu.

Out of the four team members who placed over the weekend, three qualified for the National Forensics Association Championship. Colella, Longuski and Terwillegar will be attending the championship that will be held in West Virginia later in the season.

Northwood’s next tournament will be held at Wayne State University on December 8 for the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League Fall Competition.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.