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UNI debate team members finalists at three fall tournaments

December 15, 2002

Leah White, UNI director of forensics, (319) 273-7200
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students on the University of Northern Iowa's debate team recently were finalists at three fall tournaments.

On Oct. 19-21, students attended the Emporia State University tournament. Sophomore Kelsey Harr from Windsor Heights , and freshman Rhiannon Vice from Aurora, placed first in the novice debate competition.

On Oct. 25-26, students attended the Macalester College debate tournament. The duo of freshman Melanie Johnson from LeMars and junior Mark Lanngin from Ottumwa placed second, while junior Michelle Kelsey from Ankeny and senior Eric Short from Brookings, S.D. placed third. Lanngin and Johnson also took top speaker honors in the varsity division with first and second place speaker awards.

In the junior varsity debate division, senior Nate Fredericks, from Des Moines and freshman Donnell Minton from Kansas City, Mo. placed first. Minton was the second speaker in the junior varsity division.

On Nov. 9-10, the team attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh tournament. Kelsey Harr and Rhiannon Vice won the novice division. Donnell Minton was the first place speaker in the open division.