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Forensics team places 10th in its division at national tournament

04/20/2017
In its final team competition of the season, the Monmouth College forensics team had another strong showing, placing 10th in the President’s II Division at the National Forensics Association 2017 National Tournament.

Held April 13-17 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the tournament included 77 schools and more than 500 students.

Cole Downey ’17 of Geneva, Ill., was an octofinalist in dramatic interpretation, and Anthony Adams ’18 of Chicago was an octofinalist in impromptu speaking.

The President’s II Division is for collegiate programs with 10-19 speeches at the competition.

“Despite only having 10 events, we placed in sweepstakes, beating out many programs with larger numbers in attendance,” said Monmouth Director of Forensics Rebecca Buel, who also directed the entire tournament. “I am not only proud of the competitive accomplishments the team made this year, but of the way they came together to fight cohesively and represent Monmouth.”

The season concluded April 20-22, with Adams traveling to Lafayette, La., to represent the state of Illinois at the 2017 Interstate Oratorical Association Competition, which Buel called “the oldest and most prestigious oratorical competition in the country.” He placed as a top 12 semifinalist.