Northwood Competitive Speech Team Competes at Bowling Green University

The Northwood University Speech Team (Forensics) had another great showing the weekend of November 16-17 at the Falcon Classic/Birds of a Feather Swing hosted by Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. The team placed 9th out of 20 teams on Saturday, November 16, and 6th out of 20 teams on Sunday, November 17. On Saturday, the Northwood University Speech Team placed first place out of all Pi Kappa Delta teams present (Pi Kappa Delta is an honorary nationwide forensics association).

On Saturday four members of the Northwood team made it to the finals. Kirk Longuski, a junior from Bay City, placed 4th in long form impromptu, 6th in persuasion and 2nd in after dinner speaking; Cherell Granger, a sophomore from Gaylord, placed 5th in novice impromptu; David Valentine, a senior from Detroit, placed 6th in long form impromptu; and Taryn Rubino, a junior from Dryden, earned 6th in prose.

On Sunday four team members made it to finals. Cody Colella, a senior from Pittsburgh, PA, placed 6th in both long form impromptu and impromptu; Miranda Kennedy, a sophomore from Unionville, earned 3rd in novice impromptu; Joshua Gammon, a junior from Midland, placed 5th in extemporaneous speaking and 6th in rhetorical criticism; and Kirk Longuski placed 2nd in long form impromptu, 3rd in impromptu, and 5th in after dinner speaking.

Every member of the team has now qualified to compete in the national forensics competition in the spring. After the strong showing this past weekend, the team now boasts a winning season with 33 wins and 27 losses. The team will compete on Saturday, December 14, at the fall Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League (M.I.S.L). in Detroit hosted by Wayne State University.


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