Northwood University Competitive Speech Team Competes at Bowling Green State University Tournaments

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The overall record for the weekend was 18 wins and 10 losses.

MIDLAND, MI – The Northwood University Competitive Speech Team (Forensics) competed in two tournaments hosted by Bowling Green State University on February 23-24. The team placed on both days as they earned seventh place against 15 teams on Saturday, February 23, and placed fifth out of 13 teams on Sunday, February 24.

Northwood’s overall record for the weekend was 18 wins and 10 losses which included the team reaching the final rounds in eight of their events. The team had many individual triumphs. Cody Colella, a junior from Butler, PA, placed fourth in the quadrathon—Best Speaker Award; Joshua Gammon, a sophomore from Midland, placed fifth in extemporaneous speaking; Kirk Longuski, a freshman from Bay City, earned a fifth and sixth place award; Sarita McKinnie, a junior from Detroit, earned fifth place twice and fourth once in her competitions; Taryn Rubino, a sophomore from Clawson, placed sixth in two interpretation competitions; and McKenzie Terwillegar, a freshman from Highland, earned the Top Novice Award in impromptu speaking.

The Northwood University Competitive Speech Team will be competing in the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League Championship hosted by Eastern Michigan University on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9.


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.