Doane Forensics Places 19th Nationally

Doane College placed 19th at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) April 1-4 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Seventy-eight colleges and universities from across the country attended the tournament, and there were no divisions based on school size. Doane was the only liberal arts college from Nebraska to place, and was the second-highest ranked liberal arts college overall (behind Gustavus Aldophus College).

Each year the top 20 teams at the AFA-NIET receive sweepstakes trophies.  It is an honor to be recognized in this category.  Less than 10 percent of all students who compete in college forensics ever qualify for this national tournament.

Senior Sarah Snyder was selected for the All-American Team, one of the highest honors given to a student at the AFA-NIET.  Ten-to-15 individuals are chosen each year based on scholastic achievement, forensics awards, and community service (outside of forensics).  This is the fifth consecutive year Doane College has had a student selected for the All-American Team.

Junior Amanda Bouc was a semi-finalist in Communication.  She was also a quarter-finalist in both Informative and Persuasive Speaking.

Anne DeLuca, junior, advanced to the final round of Poetry Interpretation and placed 6th out of 133 total speakers.

Doane qualified 33 events for the national tournament.  Team members in attendance were:

Sarah Snyder (senior, Edison)  - Dramatic Duo (with DeLuca), Informative Speaking, After Dinner Speaking, Communication Analysis

Amanda Bouc (junior, Valparaiso) - Informative Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, Dramatic Duo (with Leibman), Communication Analysis, After Dinner Speaking

Anne DeLuca (junior, Omaha) - Prose Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, Program Oral Interpretation, Dramatic Duo (with Snyder), After Dinner Speaking, Poetry Interpretation

Caitlin Leibman (junior, Cedar Creek) - Program Oral Interpretation, Dramatic Duo (with Bouc), Informative Speaking

Lukas Petersen (sophomore, Minden) - Impromptu Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, After Dinner Speaking

Erik Buser (first-year, Crete) - Dramatic Duo (with Ehly)

Kyle Carroll (first-year, Geneva) - Informative Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking

Bekah Ehly (first-year, Omaha) - Poetry Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation, Dramatic Duo (with Buser), Dramatic Duo (with Oelling)

Jordan Johnson (first-year, Grant) - After Dinner Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking

Lindsey Oelling (first-year, Roca) - Prose Interpretation, Dramatic Duo (with Ehly), Program Oral Interpretation


2010 Team Standings

1.     Bradley University

2.     Western Kentucky University

3.     Illinois State University

4.     George Mason University

5.     University of Texas at Austin

6.     California State University-Long Beach

7.     University of Alabama

8.     University of Nebraska-Omaha

9.     University of Nebraska-Lincoln

10.  Gustavus Adolphus College

11.  Arizona State University

12.  Ohio University

13.  Seton Hall University

14.  Northwestern University

15.  St. Joseph's University

16.  University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

17.  Kansas State University

18.  Concordia College

19.  Doane College

20.  James Madison University


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Event descriptions can be found at:

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