Northwood Competitive Speech Team Ranks 15th in the Nation

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The Northwood team won a team award as well as individual awards.

MIDLAND, MI – On the weekend of March 14-16, Northwood University’s Competitive Speech (Forensics) team participated in the Pi Kappa Delta (PKD) national tournament at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. The team earned an outstanding 15th place out of 71 teams from around the country. The final record for this competition was 55 wins and 14 losses.

The Northwood team won a team award as well as individual awards. The team earned the Award of Excellence due to its high ranking. The individuals who earned awards of excellence are: Cody Colella, a junior from Butler, Pennsylvania, in impromptu speaking; Joshua Gammon, a sophomore from Midland, in both impromptu and extemporaneous speaking; Kirk Longuski, a freshman from Bay City, in persuasion, impromptu speaking, informative speaking and extemporaneous speaking; Sarita McKinnie, a junior from Detroit, in programmed oral interpretation and dramatic interpretation; Taryn Rubino, a sophomore from Clawson, in prose and poetry; and McKenzie Terwillegar, a freshman from Highland, in impromptu speaking.

The final tournament of the Northwood University Competitive Speech Team’s season will be the National Forensics Association Nationals at Marshall University in West Virginia on April 18-22.


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.