Despite being small in size, the Snow College Forensic team was extremely competitive in speech and debate events throughout their first two tournaments.
The team competed in the Rocky Mountain Classic Tournament at Colorado State University-Pueblo on September 23-25. The team exceled by taking second in individual speech events, while taking third place overall.
In speech events, every team member placed in at least one of their categories. Placing first in their events were Elysa Garcia (Open Dramatic Interpretation), Kyle Friant (Novice Extemporaneous Speaking), Becca Bair (Junior Prose), and Joseph McPherson (Junior Informative.) Aspen Nielsen took second in Open Communication Analysis, while Shawnee Platero took second in Open Duo.
In debate, Aspen Nielsen and Joseph McPherson made it to the octofinals (the top eight) in NPDA-style debate.
The team’s second tournament was at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR for the Steve Hunt Classic on October 7-9. The team took fifth in individual speech events.
Each team member placed in either speech or debate events: Kyle Friant (2nd in Extemporaneous speaking), Elysa Garcia (1st in Novice Informative Speaking), Aspen Nielsen (1st in Novice Communications Analysis), and Shawnee Platero (2nd in Persuasive Speaking) all placed in the top two in speech events. Becca Bair placed in all her events, earning the top novice award for speech events.
Aspen Nielsen and Joseph McPherson once again exceled in NPDA-style debate by making it to the quarterfinal rounds.
Director of Forensics Malynda Bjerregaard, who has helped Snow College remain one of the top Forensics teams in the state of Utah, said of this year’s team: “The forensic team has been performing exceptionally well this year. The team is comprised of all novice competitors and yet they are placing in novice and open divisions. They all work very hard at representing the college to the best of their ability. Our students do well because of the excellent academic preparation they receive in all of their classes here at Snow.”
The team is preparing for their next tournament, which will be December 3-4 at the Off-Broadway Swing in New York City.