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Doane Forensics Team Places 18th at Nationals

The Doane College Forensics Team placed 18th out of 83 teams during the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) on Monday in San Marcos, Texas.

Jordan Johnson, Grant junior, was a quarter-finalist (top 24) in Persuasive Speaking out of 146 speakers. Johnson was also a quarter-finalist in Communication Analysis out of 120 speakers.

Rebekah Ehly, Omaha junior, and Queeny Pimental, Omaha sophomore, were both quarter-finalists (top 24) in Dramatic Interpretation out of 143 speakers.

Doane qualified 28 events for the national tournament. All students who competed earned high rankings in their preliminary rounds contributing to the team's overall score.  Team members in attendance were:

Alyssa Bouc (first-year, Valparaiso)
Erik Buser (junior, Crete)
Kyle Carroll (senior, Geneva)
Andrew DeCamp (first-year, Lincoln)
Rebekah Ehly (junior, Omaha)
Alisha Forbes (junior, Palmer)
Jay Grote (first-year, Gering)
Jordan Johnson (junior, Grant)
Gena Kimminau (senior, Lincoln)
Queeny Pimentel (sophomore, Omaha)
Tyler Strobl (first-year, Guide Rock)

The tournament also marked the final event for 12-year coach Dawn Bartlett, who is in her last year of coaching at Doane. Bartlett has received numerous awards for her work in forensics, including the Distinguished Service Award, awarded "for many contributions and dedicated service to the advancement of forensics in the state of Nebraska."