John Carroll Forensics Has Big Finish at Own Tournament
Hosting 10 universities over spring break, JCU’s Anabelle Nietupski finished first in dramatic interpretation and 2nd in impromptu speaking. Fighting through illness, Speech Team President Megan Frankenberger, placed 5th in impromptu and 5th in extemporaneous speaking. The Debate Team President, Zak Zinda, was the top speaker in debate and 2nd in the debate tournament. He finished 8-1 after losing a split decision (2-1) to the University of Northern Iowa in the finals. Zak also finished 3rd in extemporaneous speaking. Noelle Baker put together a solid performance, going 3-3 in debate. JCU finished second at the tournament for overall performance by a school.
To date, the 2017-18 forensics squad has won 42 individual awards (including 12 firsts) and 4 squad awards (including two firsts).
JCU Forensics Also Won 5 Awards at the Pi Kappa Delta National Championship
The Speech and Debate Team won five awards at the Pi Kappa Delta National Championship held at Tennessee State University on March 13th-17th!
Megan Frankenberger won 5th in the novice public debate and was recognized for her excellence in impromptu speaking. As a speaker, she placed 7th in the nation!
Kyle Gateson finished 9th in the nation in the varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate.
Debate Team President Zak Zinda won 10th best speaker in the nation in the varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate.
JCU first began debating at the Pi Kappa Delta National Championship in the early 1920s and was honored to be able to carry on the tradition this year.
Northern Tier Debate Conference and Lincoln Douglas Debate Conference
The Speech and Debate Team won 8 awards at the Northern Tier Debate Conference and Lincoln Douglas Debate Conference on March 9th-11th!
Anabelle Nietupski won 1st in dramatic interpretation and 2nd in impromptu speaking.
Zak Zinda was first speaker in the Lincoln Douglas Debate and won 2nd overall. He also finished 3rd in extemporaneous speaking.
Megan Frankenberger finished 5th in both extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking.
The team finished 2nd in the sweepstakes for overall program.
Zak Zinda was recognized as the Northern Tier Debate Conference Top Debater of the Year and Top Speaker of the Year. John Carroll was also recognized as the Top Program of the Year!
Paced by the conference’s Debater of the Year, JCU’s Zak Zinda, and freshmen Kyle Gateson and Will Hintz, JCU finished ahead of second-place Lafayette (PA) and third-place Central Michigan. JCU Forensics appreciates these three debaters plus the contributions of debaters Adil Abduhali, Noelle Baker and Emily Nuibe. We also thank alumni-coaches Noel Massarelli, Booker Mendes and Brian Brossmann for their work with the team!