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Miami's forensics team wins third straight national title


Miami University's forensics team won the national championship for the third year at the 31st annual Novice National Tournament, reserved for first-year competitors. Twenty-four Miami students bested 17 other schools, including the University of Alabama, the University of Florida and Louisiana State University.

Miami won 19 awards at the tournament and advanced 14 of the 24 students to the final round. Individual successes for students included first place in Lincoln-Douglas debate (undefeated), communication analysis, dramatic duo interpretation (undefeated), impromptu speaking, impromptu sales speaking and parliamentary debate.

Ian Hopkins (, assistant director of forensics, coaches the team.

Individual top results are:

  • Anik Chaudhry – 1st Lincoln Douglas Debate
  • Sarah Greifenkamp and Michelle Johnston – 1st Parliamentary Debate
  • Lauren Kindstrand – 1st Communication Analysis
  • Lauren Kindstrand – 1st Impromptu Speaking
  • Hannah Ross and Alex Zerby - 1st Duo Interpretation
  • Jeff Szczecinski – 1st Impromptu Sales
  • Lauren Kindstrand - 2nd Impromptu Sales
  • Katie Urbanczyk – 2nd Dramatic Interpretation
  • Amira Beasley – 3rd Poetry Interpretation
  • Graham Arledge – 3rd Program Oral Interpretation
  • Sanjay Nevrekar and Jeff Szczecinski – 3rd Parliamentary Debate


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