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Forensics team starts season off strong

October 7, 2016

The Monmouth College Forensics Team, ScotSpeak, started their season off strong last weekend in Mankato, Minnesota for their first two competitions in the Mid-America Forensics League Tournament. They competed against 11 schools taking four students with six entries: Sarah Hunt, Cole Downey, Michael Horath, and Anthony Adams.

Over the weekend, the team won fifth place with the help of seniors Cole Downy and Anthony Adams. On Saturday, Adams competed in the extemporaneous speaking event where he placed first. “Extemp is probably my favorite event,” Adams explained. “There were multiple competitors in that round who have been to national quarterfinals, which reaffirmed that I, along with the rest of the team, can compete with anyone.”

On Sunday, Downey went to the finals in the prose interpretation event. In this event the speaker chooses a thesis that a short story must work around. Downey competed with a piece titled “Yoda” by Brian Doyle and placed fourth in prose and second in the tournament.

Downy explained the ins and outs of forensics competitions. “In a normal meet, you perform your piece in two separate rounds. In each round there are 5 other people. You are ranked from best to worst, so if you do well you rank first in both rounds. This will allow you to be a part of the ‘final’ round. You are then placed among the top six, according to your scores by three separate judges.”

Rebecca Buel, advisor of ScotSpeak, explained her optimism for the team this year. She said, “I am very proud of the team’s performance this past weekend at the tournament, and am excited about what the rest of the season will bring. Their hard work is showing and I have no doubt they will keep it up to meet the next upcoming challenges.”

Miranda Jones
Co-Editor in Chief

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