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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Forensics Press: No debate: BGSU wins forensics title

Again, I apologize for being so busy lately, I don’t have much time to Blog. This however, I am so proud of, I had to make time to pass it along.

After the Forensics National Championship in January we received great press from the campus news paper, but none from the city paper, the BG Sentinel-Tribune. Post State Championship was the opposite. I received an email from Harold Brown, my Sentinel contact, apologizing that he had been out of the office after our CFA victory. So Monday (February 20, 2006) he ran this wonderful front page article which touches on all our successes this season!

No debate: BGSU wins forensics title

Season’s Success
BGSU Forensics Team has won:
-First Ohio Forensics Association State Championship since 1971, with team also earning 21 individual awards.
-Collegiate Forensics National tournament in Montréal for a fifth consecutive year.
-Mad Hatter Tournament in Pennsylvania.

Bowling Green State University’s Forensics Team continued its outstanding season of competition over the weekend by winning its first Ohio Forensics Association State Championship (Open Division) since 1972.

In late January the team won the Collegiate Forensics Associations’ National “Winter Weekend” tournament in Montreal for the fifth consecutive year. Last fall the team won the Mad Hatter Tournament at Bloomsburg, Pa The 14-foot-long traveling trophy from that event is on display in the president’s/Provost’s office area of McFall Center.

The team is coached by Paul W. Alday, who teaches in BGSU’s theatre department and holds a masters in communication/theatre arts composite from Eastern Michigan University. He has coached forensics for 18 years.

The seven-member team competed Friday and Saturday in the Varsity State Tournament hosted by Kent State University. Also competing were Cedarville, which finished second, Kent, which placed third, Ohio University, which placed fourth, Muskingum College and the University of Cincinnati.

The state title is determined by combining the scores of the Novice State Tournament, which was held two weeks ago at Ohio State University and this weekend’s competition.

A university may send only its best two competitors on each of the 11 individual events to varsity tournaments.

BGSU trailed by 60 points after the novice competition but rose to the challenge over the weekend to capture the title. The team earned 21 individual awards including three individual state championships.

Individual performances at the state event:

First Place- Michelle Baker, a junior, communication analysis; Kenny Rogers, a sophomore, after-dinner speaking and dramatic interpretation.

Second Place- Abby Bollenbacher, a senior, public relations extemporaneous speaking; Sarah Griffith, a senior, prose interpretation; Rogers and Jennifer Cole, a junior, dramatic duo interpretation.

Third Place- Cole, after-dinner speaking and poetry interpretation; Lewis B. Smith, a senior, extemporaneous speaking; Rogers, prose interpretation.

Fourth place- Rogers, persuasive speaking; Griffith, dramatic interpretation; Smith and Bollenbacher, dramatic duo interpretation; and Smith, triathlon.

Fifth Place- Kent Truckor, a senior, public relations extemporaneous speaking.

Sixth Place- Truckor, persuasive speaking; Griffith, informative speaking; Baker, extemporaneous speaking; Truckor, impromptu speaking; Bollenbacher, poetry interpretation; Griffith, triathlon.

Those who competed in the novice state tournament were Anna Adkins, David Fryling, Andrea Brew, Sarah Smith, Truckor and Griffith.

Team alumni donate their time as volunteer coaches. Derrick Jones is a residence hall director and received his masters in theatre from BGSU. Leah D’Emilio is working on her masters in communications studies. Tony Wise holds a bachelors of arts in communications in theatre.

The forensics team and Pi Kappa Delta Forensics Honorary are among the oldest organizations on campus.


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