Miami University forensics, the speech and debate team, took home a number of awards from two national competitions they attended this year.
The 50-member team, directed by Todd Holm, visiting assistant professor of communication, recently participated in the Novice National Tournament at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and the Comprehensive Nationals held in Overland Park, Kansas.
At the Novice National Tournament, the team took three national championships, as well as several individual awards. Team members Eileen Lane, a senior mass communication major, and Jack Dahm, a sophomore business economics major with a rhetoric/writing minor, took first place in the dramatic duo competition. Alexander Lange, a freshman philosophy major, and Matt Frankland, sophomore accountancy major, became parliamentary debate national champions. Six members of the team were named Reader’s Theater National Champions, and several team members placed high in other categories.
The team continued its success at the Comprehensive Nationals that included 61 schools from across the country. Miami forensics won four awards in different sweepstakes categories: fourth place in debate sweepstakes, fifth place in combined speech and debate sweepstakes, sixth place in individual events sweepstakes and was the top Delta Sigma Rho – Tau Kappa Alpha team at the tournament.
In addition, the team had several students advance as finalists (top six competitors) in each category, several semi-finalists (top 12) and several quarter-finalists (top 24) at the tournament.
The team will participate in the final and largest national tournament of the year on April 17. The NFA National Tournament will be held at Ohio University.