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High finish at NIU

Earlier this month, Monmouth College’s ScotSpeak forensics team competed at the Mid America Forensics League tournaments # 5 and #6, hosted by Northern Illinois University.
At MAFL #5, team captain Aimee Miller, a sophomore from Lake in the Hills, reached the final round in program oral interpretation (POI), placing sixth overall.
The American Forensics Association describes POI as “a program of thematically-linked selections of literary merit, chosen from two or three recognized genres of competitive interpretation (prose/poetry/drama).” Miller centered her program around the theme of how modern-day heroes are perceived in society.
“Out of all of the terrific competition at the tournament, I’m extremely flattered that they chose my event to go to finals,” she said. “It was a real honor to perform with all of the other POI finalists.”
“I am incredibly proud of Aimee’s accomplishment,” said communication studies lecturer Kyle Christiansen, who directs MC’s forensics program. “Not only has she been a consummate leader for the team, but she is also an incredibly hard worker. In fact, she has been developing her POI since the end of spring 2012 semester, so it’s nice to see all of her months of dedication and persistence pay off.”
Miller also competed in the categories of prose and impromptu. Brianna Thompson, a sophomore from Monmouth, competed in both tournaments in poetry and in prose.
“The tournaments were a really great time,” added Miller. “I got a lot of good feedback on my events, and I had a lot of fun. I can’t wait for the next one.”
ScotSpeak will be next complete at the Grace Walsh Invitational and Redhawk Invitational on Feb. 9 and 10, respectively, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Ripon College.