Submitted by the UWF Forensics Team

On Saturday, Oct. 19 the UWF Forensics Team attended the Cleveland State Forensic Classic Tournament in Cleveland, TN. Team president, Nicole Allen, and team historian, Olivia Gardner, competed to earn spots in the final rounds of extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking, prose interpretation and radio broadcasting. 

After two preliminary rounds, Allen was chosen as a top six finalist in radio broadcasting and prose interpretation. Her final performances culminated into a first-place win in radio broadcasting and second-place achievement in prose interpretation. Allen received straight ones in radio broadcasting from judges throughout the competition.

“I’ve been competing in Speech and Debate since high school,” Allen said, “but I still get a little nervous before every round.  I want to do well, but above all else, I want to make my team proud. This is my last year of competition and I am overjoyed I got to help the team start the year off on the right foot.”

In radio broadcasting, each competitor is provided a packet of news stories, weather reports and sponsorships. Each student has exactly 30 minutes to cut the news packet into a five-minute broadcast worthy of airtime. 

Prose interpretation, performed by both Allen and Gardner, requires competitors to cut and structure a piece of literature into a 10-minute presentation prior to competition. Students are then required to perform their compelling stories in character. 

Gardner received encouraging feedback from judges in impromptu speaking and prose interpretation. Raving about her literature selection and natural abilities, judges provided a promising look into Gardner’s future competitions. 

“This weekend was amazing,” Gardner said. “I was able to see so many pieces and meet so many well-rounded competitors. I cannot wait to meet even more people and develop my own pieces as the year continues.”

Last year, both Allen and Gardner won distinguished awards at the National Pi Kappa Delta Biennial Convention and Tournament in Hempstead, NY.

Since last year’s national success, the UWF Forensics Team has grown and is happy to welcome six new students to the team. Director of Forensics Dr. Adam Blood and Assistant Coach Susanna Rogers have high hopes for the team’s 2019-2020 competitive year.

“UWF has a great, talented group of students this year,” Blood said. “I’m excited to see how many of our competitors progress as we look forward to our spring tournament schedule. We have several students with a diverse set of talents and it’s fun to see them work together.”

The UWF team will host their annual Mark’s Invitational Forensics Tournament during the first weekend in November. Teams from around the country will arrive on campus to compete in limited preparation, individual and platform speech events.

Any questions pertaining to the UWF Forensics Team or inquiries about joining the team should be directed to Dr. Adam Blood at ablood@uwf.edu

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