Northwood Competitive Speech Team Competes at Eastern Michigan University

The Northwood University Competitive Speech Team (Forensics) competed in the Eastern Michigan University Alumni Invitational on January 31. The 10-member team took on nationally ranked teams placing in the top five. This tournament was another win for Northwood, bumping their seasonal standing up to 54 wins.

Four students made it to the finals in four events: Cody Colella, a senior from Pittsburgh, PA, placed 6th in impromptu; Taryn Rubino, a junior from Dryden, placed 6th in programmed oral interpretation; Kirk Longuski, a junior from Bay City, placed 3rd in impromptu; and Joshua Gammon, a junior from Midland, MI, placed 6th in rhetorical criticism.

The novice members (first year competitors) will continue their season at Novice States on February 8 at Hillsdale College. On February 22 and 23 the entire team will compete at the “Forensics is Beachin’” themed tournament hosted by Bowling Green University.


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 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.