Forensics team succeeds at championship

After a rough beginning, the Falcon forensic team finished strong with a succession of wins at the National Christian College Forensics Invitational Tournament this weekend.

The team finished second in Division II (small teams) Individual Events and took first place in overall rankings in the Division II Championship. Several team members contributed to this overall victory with individual wins.

Junior Laura Onstot won first place in Open Impromptu Speaking, a seven-minute event in which the speaker is given a choice of quotes to speak about. The speaker selects one quote, takes part of the seven minutes to prepare a speech, and presents the speech in the remainder of the time.

Onstot also made it to semi-finals in Open Extemporaneous Speaking, an event in which a topic is given to a speaker 30 minutes before the speech has to be made. Then the speakers have seven minutes to give a speech based on information compiled from resources such as newspapers and magazines.

Onstot and her partner junior Dustin Rudolph advanced to the quarter-finals in the open division. Onstot was named fourth best speaker in this division.

Junior Vickerie Bailey and senior Zac Hostetter took third place in Junior Parliamentary Debate. In this event, teams of two have 15 to 20 minutes to prepare for an hour-long debate with specified time limits for each speaker.

This duo compiled a record of five to one over the six preliminary rounds of the tournament and beat Northwest Nazarene University in the quarter-finals before losing to Azusa Pacific University in the semi-final round.

Rudolph attributed the team’s success to an increase in confidence.

"I was glad to see the progression in confidence [our team members] exhibited. … It definitely helped us out," Rudolph said.

Bailey placed sixth in Open Persuasive Speaking, a portion of the competition in which the contender presents a 10-minute persuasive speech prepared ahead of time.

Bailey was enthusiastic about the team’s strong finale.

"We had a hard time starting out this year," Bailey said. "This was our big tournament, so it was cool that it was our best performance of the year."

Forensic coach and Associate Professor of Communication William Purcell also commented positively on the team’s strong finish.

"I am extremely proud of the team," Purcell said. "We’ve had a bit of a disappointing season up to this point, but the team continued to work hard and improve each tournament."

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Title: Forensics team succeeds at championship | Author: Jade Nirvana Ingmire | Section: News | Published Date: 2002-03-06 | Internal ID: 2551