Students on the Saginaw Valley State University forensics team have extraordinary enthusiasm for public speaking, and it showed during the latest Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League tournament, where SVSU claimed a first place finish.
Despite fielding five students in their first collegiate competition – out of seven overall – SVSU saw six students place in their respective categories and qualify for the National Forensics Association Championship Tournament to be held in Santa Ana, California next April.
In individual competition, Darious Henry, a communication major from Chesterfield, led the way for SVSU, winning the dramatic interpretation category.
The other SVSU students to place were:
• Courtney Perrou, a communication major from Pinconning, who earned a second place finish in the prose category.
• Kennedy Bachman, a communication major from Grand Blanc, who received a third place finish in the dramatic interpretation category.
• Gina Kearly, a communication major from Midland, who placed third in the prose category.
• Monae Hawthorne, a criminal justice major from Detroit, who earned a third place finish in the informative speaking category.
• Ashley Murdock, a communication major from Oxford, who received a fourth place finish in the impromptu speaking category.
SVSU hosted eight other Michigan colleges and universities for the MISL Mini Forensics Tournament and Workshop Saturday, Sept. 29.
The SVSU forensics team is next scheduled to compete at Oakland University Saturday, Dec. 8. The team is advised by Amy Pierce, SVSU associate professor of communication and Ryan Rigda, SVSU lecturer of communication.