NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – It’s been a busy few months for the Forensics team at Tennessee State University and they have the proof of their endeavors. They won more than 50 awards in February alone and now boast one of the “Best Speakers” in the state.
This semester the 11-member team of undergraduate students have netted impressive results, bringing home awards wherever they compete. Nowhere was this more prevalent than at the recent Tennessee Intercollegiate Forensics State Championship when they placed third in the state and brought home 28 more awards. The team also placed third in combined debate and Individual Events School Sweepstakes.
More than 100 students gathered at TSU Feb. 14-15 to see who would be crowned the “best of the best” in the state. John Nix, a junior Political Science major from Franklin, Tennessee, took home the coveted first place Pentathlon speaker, qualifying him for the “Best Speaker in the State.” Nix also won numerous awards including third place Persuasive Speaking, Top Novice Persuasive Speaking, first place Poetry Interpretation, Top Novice Poetry Interpretation, first place Prose Interpretation, Top Novice Prose Interpretation, third place Impromptu Speaking, Top Novice Impromptu Speaking, NPDA Novice Semi-Finalist, and fifth place Novice NPDA speaker.
Other team winners included:
- Kevon Graves, freshman Urban Studies major, Kansas City, Missouri – NPDA Novice Semi-Finalist, fourth place Novice NPDA Speaker
- Kavon Coleman, junior Civil Engineering major, Grand Rapids, Michigan – third place International Public Debate Association Varsity Speaker
- Shaylyn Rice, junior Mass Communications major, Birmingham, Alabama – second place Poetry Interpretation, second place Dramatic Interpretation, Top Novice Dramatic Interpretation, fifth place Programmed Oral Interpretation, first place Radio Broadcasting, Top Novice Radio Broadcasting
- Aaron Walker, junior English major, Memphis, Tennessee – third place Poetry Interpretation
- Tyler Kinloch, senior Aeronautical Engineering major, Canton, Michigan – fourth place Prose Interpretation, first place Dramatic Interpretation
- Tyra Laster, junior Mass Communications major, Marietta, Georgia – second place Radio Broadcasting
- Tyra Laster and Ashley Doxy, sophomore Biology and Chemistry major, Chicago – fourth place Duo Interpretation
- Shaylyn Rice and Aaron Walker – first place Duo Interpretation, Top Novice Duo Interpretation
This was the second competition during February for the team, having earned 22 awards at the Jackson-Purchase Swing at Murray State University Feb. 6-8.
Award winners included:
Friday, Feb. 6 – National Parliamentary Debate Association tournament (NPDA)
- Fifth place team sweepstakes in NPDA
- Tyler Kinloch and Barbra Dudley – semifinalists in Novice NPDA
- John Nix and Kevon Graves – quarterfinalists in Novice NPDA
- Tyler Kinloch – fifth place novice NPDA speaker
- Barbra Dudley, sophomore economics major from Indianapolis – eighth place Novice NPDA speaker
Saturday, Feb. 7 – MSU Swing
- Third place Small School Sweepstakes
- John Nix – fourth place Extemporaneous Speaking, first place Poetry Interpretation, sixth place Pentathlon Speaker
- Shaylyn Rice – sixth place Poetry Interpretation
- Kevon Graves – fourth place novice Extemporaneous Speaking
Sunday, Feb. 8 – Alumni swing
- Second place Small School Sweepstakes
- John Nix – fourth place Persuasive Speaking, first place Poetry Interpretation, sixth place Pentathlon Speaker
- Tyler Kinloch – sixth place Dramatic Interpretation
- Shaylyn Rice – first place Radio Broadcasting
- Kevon Graves – third place Novice Impromptu Speaking, first place Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
- Shaylyn Rice and Aaron Walker – fifth place Duo Interpretation
The TSU Forensics Team closed out the month attending the Rock & Roll Swing at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Feb. 27-March 1.
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