Northwood Competitive Speech Team Competes in National Tournament

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The team placed an impressive 14th in division three out of 79 teams.

MIDLAND, MI – On April 19-23, Northwood University’s Competitive Speech (Forensics) team competed in the National Forensics Association (NFA) tournament at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. The team placed an impressive 14th in division three out of 79 teams from around the country. This means Northwood’s team was in the top 15 at both national tournaments it attended (Pi Kappa Delta National in March and NFA). The final record for this competition was 19 wins and 13 losses.

The Northwood team consisted of: Cody Colella, a junior from Butler, Pennsylvania; Joshua Gammon, a sophomore from Midland; Kirk Longuski, a freshman from Bay City; Sarita McKinnie, a junior from Detroit; Taryn Rubino, a sophomore from Clawson; McKenzie Terwillegar, a freshman from Highland; and David Valentine, a junior from Detroit.

Andy Rapp, Northwood University professor and Competitive Speech Team coach, comments, “The team is largely composed of underclassmen which bodes well for the future. This is the nicest group of kids I’ve ever had the privilege to coach.”

The team is also coached by Mark Marciniak, KenTavia Copeland and Katie Beckman and managed by Corianne Barnes, a junior from Rochester Hills.

This tournament concludes the Northwood University Competitive Speech Team’s season. The team’s record for the season is 151 wins and 76 losses with an all-time record of 1151 wins and 553 losses.


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 online. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. 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 (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.