Northwood University Competitive Speech Team Places Second Overall

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The Northwood University Competitive Speech Team (Forensics) earned second place at the fall Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League Tournament.

MIDLAND, MI – For the second year in a row the Northwood University Competitive Speech Team (Forensics) earned second place at the fall Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League Tournament held at Wayne State University on Saturday, December 8. This annual competition is only for teams from Michigan.

This team success consisted of many individual accomplishments as the entire seven-person Northwood team advanced to the finals in 16 events. Cody Colella, a junior from Butler, PA, placed third in impromptu speaking and sixth in persuasion. Joshua Gammon, a sophomore from Midland, earned second in rhetorical criticism and fourth in extemporaneous speaking. Kirk Longuski, a freshman from Bay City, was named the second best speaker in the tournament after earning second in impromptu speaking, third in informative speaking, fourth in after-dinner speaking and fifth in extemporaneous speaking. Sarita McKinnie, a junior from Detroit, placed second in programmed oral interpretation. Taryn Rubino, a sophomore from Clawson, placed third in prose speaking, third in dramatic interpretation and sixth in poetry. Novice team member McKenzie Terwillegar, a freshman from Highland, was able to break to finals and achieve fifth place in impromptu speaking which is a varsity event. Last but not least, David Valentine II, a junior from Detroit, earned first place in informative speaking, sixth in extemporaneous speaking and sixth in impromptu speaking.

The Northwood Competitive Speech Team will next compete at the Tower Invitational hosted by Eastern Michigan University during the first week of February.


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 provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.