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Doane Forensics finishes 12th at nationals

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Doane College Forensics team finished among the best in the nation again, taking 12th place at the 2014 American Forensic Association’s National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) at Arizona State University.

The program extended its recent excellence on the national level, placing in the top 20 for the seventh consecutive year. This was the second year in a row Doane Forensics finished 12th.

Individually, Alisha Forbes ’14 placed the highest of Doane’s 11 competitors at the tournament. She was a finalist in Informative Speaking and ultimately took fifth place for her speech about an anti-sex tourism campaign.

“I am extremely satisfied with the results,” said second-year Director of Forensics Nathaniel Wilson. “We were a considerably younger team this year with only one senior. To maintain, and even improve upon, the success from last year speaks volumes to the hard work and dedication that we saw from our younger team members and to the amazing leadership of Alisha, our only senior.”

Andrew DeCamp ’15 also excelled, making it to the semifinal round for Poetry.

Forbes and DeCamp were two of Doane’s five quarterfinalists at the event. Alyssa Bouc ’15 and Tyler Strobl ’15 also made the quarterfinal cut in Informative Speaking with Forbes. Cassidy Stefka ’15 advanced to the quarterfinal round in Communication Analysis.

“Having such immense success with such a young team makes me very excited for next year,” Wilson said.