UNI Individual Events Speech Team places sixth in national tournament

Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2005

Jacob Thompson, UNI director of forensics, (319) 273-7200
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's individual events team placed sixth in the NFA President's Division I category during the National Forensic Association tournament, placing them in the top 20 speech teams in the nation. The tournament took place at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

Mike Hilkin, a junior communication studies and English literature major from Dubuque, qualified for the quarterfinal round in impromptu speaking, and Jessy Ohl, a freshman biology major from Denison, qualified for the quarterfinal round in both persuasive and extemporaneous speaking.

'This is undoubtedly one of the best individual events speech teams UNI has had in a decade. The team has been incredibly dedicated, focused and hardworking this year, and that ethic has paid off,' said Jacob Thompson, UNI director of forensics. 'A total of eight students representing UNI qualified an amazing 26 events for this prestigious national tournament.'

Jessica Sauer, a freshman theatre and Spanish major from Marion, qualified in rhetorical criticism, extemporaneous speaking and dramatic duo interpretation. Hilkin qualified in extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking, prose interpretation, rhetorical criticism, informative speaking and persuasive speaking. Ohl qualified in extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking, rhetorical criticism, persuasive speaking, poetry interpretation and dramatic duo interpretation. Megan Striffler, a freshman speech teacher education major from Cedar Rapids, qualified in dramatic duo interpretation and prose interpretation.

Also, Coltrane Carlson, a sophomore electronic media major from Council Bluffs, qualified in prose interpretation, dramatic duo interpretation, poetry interpretation and impromptu speaking; Jessica Border, a senior political communication major from Waukee, qualified in poetry interpretation; and, Adam Plendl, a sophomore political science major from LeMars, qualified in extemporaneous speaking. Ryan McGeough, a senior humanities and philosophy major from Cedar Falls, qualified in extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking. McGeough also was one of two competitors from Iowa selected to participate in the Interstate Oratorical Association tournament in Boston last month.

Ohl (of Denison) also qualified for the quarterfinals in persuasive speaking at the American Forensic Association National Tournament, which was held at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. earlier this month.

For more information, contact Jacob Thompson at (319) 273-7200.