Northwood Speech Team Takes First at Fall Tournament

The Northwood University Competitive Speech Team (Forensics) competed in the Fall Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League Tournament (M.I.S.L.) on December 14, 2013, at Wayne State University. The Northwood team took first place out of seven teams from across the state, competing against such teams as University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Spring Arbor and Oakland Community College.

Four team members were tournament champions: Cody Colella, a senior from Pittsburgh, PA, in informative speaking; Joshua Gammon, a junior from Midland, in rhetorical criticism; Taryn Rubino, a junior from Dryden, in dramatic interpretation; and Kirk Longuski, a junior from Bay City, in extemporaneous and impromptu speaking. All 10 team members were present at the tournament with nine competitors making it to finals in 23 events.

Members and their placements for this competition are: Cody Colella, 1st in informative, 4th in persuasion and 4th in after dinner speaking; Kirk Longuski, 1st in impromptu and extemporaneous speaking, 2nd in informative, persuasion and after dinner speaking; Taryn Rubino, 1st in dramatic interpretation, 2nd in programmed oral interpretation and 3rd in prose; Joshua Gammon, 1st in rhetorical criticism, 2nd in extemporaneous speaking and 3rd in impromptu speaking; McKenzie Terwillegar, a sophomore from Highland, took 2nd in rhetorical criticism and impromptu speaking and 5th in extemporaneous speaking; David Valentine, a senior from Detroit, took 4th in extemporaneous speaking and 5th in informative speaking; Miranda Kennedy, a sophomore from Unionville, took 5th in after dinner speaking and 6th in impromptu speaking; Cherell Granger, a sophomore from Gaylord, took 3rd in informative speaking plus earned top novice in that event; and Amber Osburn, a sophomore from Tecumseh, took 2nd in prose.

The next competition will be held in January 2014 at the Bulldog Battle hosted by Butler University in Indianapolis, IN.


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