Skip to main content Skip to footer

March 28, 2017

‘Love for Speech’ leads to honors for SVSU Forensics team at state tournament

forensicsThe Saginaw Valley State University forensics team captured multiple awards at the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League State Forensics Tournament on March 18 at Eastern Michigan University.

The top performer was Gina Kearly, a communication and theatre double major from Midland, who was named Top Novice in both the Impromptu Speaking and Rhetorical Criticism categories, as well as runner up overall in Rhetorical Criticism. She credited the team’s empowering advisor, Amy Pierce, SVSU associate professor of communication.

“Without Dr. Pierce's love for speech and dedication to this team, we would not have the opportunity to compete,” said Kearly.  “She encourages risk-taking, provides innumerable resources, and supports us with honest feedback.”

Teammate Gylian Castle, a communication major from Standish, won the overall Top Novice award and also placed fifth in Oratory.  Erik Breidinger, a communication major from Auburn, also placed fourth in After Dinner Speaking.  

Kearly has a high regard for what she has learned through forensics competition.

“Being able to present oneself in a professional manner, handle constructive critique, and represent a larger team in individual events are the extra benefits,” she said, “to the research, writing and analysis required to assemble an effective 10 minute presentation. It's a chance to meet new people, gain valuable speaking experience, and challenge yourself to higher standards."

For more information regarding the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League State Forensics Tournament, please visit