Northwood University Competitive Speech Team Competes in Tournaments Throughout February

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The Northwood University Competitive Speech Team (Forensics) has competed in four tournaments over the month of February.

MIDLAND, MI – The Northwood University Competitive Speech Team (Forensics) has competed in four tournaments over the month of February: the Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Swing-Alumni Tournament, the EMU Swing-Tower Invitational, and the two-part Perfect Pairs Swing Tournament hosted by the University of Michigan.

Andy Rapp, associate professor at Northwood University and advisor to the Competitive Speech Team, comments, “After about two months off due to school break, we competed against some of the best teams in the country. The team has been taking the time to make the necessary adjustments to maintain their overall winning record.”

The EMU Swing-Alumni Tournament took place on Friday, February 1, in Ypsilanti with the team earning eighth place out of 11 teams, ending with a record of three wins and seven losses.

The EMU-Swing Tower Invitational was held over two days-Saturday and Sunday, February 2, and February 3. This tournament was also in Ypsilanti and the team placed ninth in the 14-team competition with a total of five wins and eight losses.

The first day of the Perfect Pairs Swing Tournament, Friday, February 9, resulted in Northwood placing seventh out of 13 teams and ending with a record of six wins and six losses.

The next day’s tournament, Saturday, February 10, was also called the Perfect Pairs Swing. It resulted in the team earning fifth place out of 11 teams and concluded with a record of six wins and 4 losses. Both days of the tournament were held in Ann Arbor.


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.