Northwood Competitive Speech Team Places Fourth at State Championship

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Five of the team members placed in their individual events.

MIDLAND, MI – The Northwood University Competitive Speech Team (Forensics) competed in the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League (MISL) state championship tournament hosted by Eastern Michigan University on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9. The team earned fourth place out of ten teams.

Northwood’s overall record for the weekend was six wins and three losses which included the team reaching the final rounds in seven events. Five of the team members placed in their individual events though the high score was due to a united effort. Those who placed were: Cody Colella, a junior from Butler, Pennsylvania, earned fourth place in impromptu speaking and sixth place in after-dinner speaking; Joshua Gammon, a sophomore from Midland, earned fifth place in rhetorical criticism; Kirk Longuski, a freshman from Bay City, earned fourth place in after-dinner speaking and sixth place in persuasion; Sarita McKinnie, a junior from Detroit, earned fourth place in programmed oral interpretation; and Taryn Rubino, a sophomore from Clawson, earned sixth place in poetry.

The Northwood University Competitive Speech team continued on to compete in the Pi Kappa Delta National Competition at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.


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 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, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.