Northwood Competitive Speech Team Places Fourth at State Championship

Northwood University’s Competitive Speech Team (Forensics) competed in the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League (MISL) state championship tournament hosted by Central Michigan University on Friday and Saturday, February 28-March 1. The team earned fourth place out of ten teams.

Four students made it to the finals: Cody Colella, a senior from Pittsburgh, PA, placed 5th in persuasion and 7th in after dinner speaking; Kirk Longuski, a junior from Bay City, placed 3rd in persuasion, 4th in impromptu and extemporaneous speaking, and 5th in after dinner speaking; Joshua Gammon, a junior from Midland, placed 6th in extemporaneous speaking; and McKenzie Terwillegar, a sophomore from Highland, placed 4th in rhetorical criticism. Winning his 3rd place in persuasion, Kirk Longuski is the alternate for Interstate Oratory, a national competition where the top two students from every state compete for the top position in the nation.

The Northwood University Competitive Speech team will compete in the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament hosted by Indiana University-Purdue March 20-23.


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Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at two full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida and mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, 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 China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.