Four Saginaw Valley State University students qualified for a national forensics competition after earning high placement in a recent tournament.
The SVSU Forensics Team competed in the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League (MISL) Fall Tournament - which tests students' public speaking and debate abilities - at Oakland University Saturday, Dec. 13.
The four qualifying students are:
• Cara Deschermeier, a communication major from Petoskey, who earned a top novice and first-place award in the tournament's persuasion category.
• Megan Hillman, a social work major from Port Huron, who earned a second-place award in the informative category and a fifth-place award in the persuasion category.
• Samantha Jackson, a political science major from Goodells, who earned a first-place award in the impromptu category.
• Cassidy Morey, a theatre major from Saginaw, who earned a top novice and first-place award in the prose category.
The four students qualified to compete at the National Forensics Association National Championship Tournament at Ohio University in April.
First, though the team will gather at the MISL Novice States tournament at Northwood University in February. Then they will compete in the MISL State Tournament at Wayne State University in March.