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Zombie Apocalypse Swing! Casper College Forensics the Survivors

Zombie Apocalypse Swing! Casper College Forensics the Survivors

(Casper, Wyo.) - The “Zombie Apocalypse Swing” tournament held in Hutchinson, Kansas, left Casper College's Forensics team as the survivors. Recently the team took out both legs of the tournament in the community college division. “The students had a tremendous showing in both debate and individual events. We took six of the eight quarterfinal slots in international public debate, which is unheard of,” said Doug Hall, director of forensics at Casper College. “The students did so well, that most of them didn't even debate in out rounds, they just advanced on record,” he added, noting that a rule in debate prevents members of the same team from debating each other, “so if they hit, the member with the better record, they advanced.” Tournament 1: international public debate quarter finalists were Lucas Davis (Gillette, Wyoming), Scarlett Miller (Casper, Wyoming) and Annamaria Kodalonis (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) while Tyler Pierce (Casper, Wyoming) was a semifinalist and finalists were Katie Stock (Douglas, Wyoming) who took second and Elaney Elliott (Casper, Wyoming) who took first. Other wins in Tournament 1 included Pierce who took second in extemporaneous speaking and sixth in impromptu speaking, Davis who took fifth in impromptu speaking, Miller who took fifth in informative speaking, and Elliott who took fifth in extemporaneous speaking. For Tournament 2, with no debate, Pierce took fifth in extemporaneous speaking, Stock took sixth in communication analysis, Mark Caballero (Douglas, Wyoming) took fifth in dramatic interpretation, and Kodalonis took fifth in persuasive speaking. “While we won the community college division, they were competing against four-year programs from all over the region and country. Some included the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, the University of Nebraska, Omaha, the University of Nebraska, Kearney, the University of Florida, Northwest Missouri State University, Bethel College, Doane College, and others. Obviously, we are very proud of the students and their efforts,” said Hall. Added Jordan Johnson, assistant director of forensics, “I'm very proud of the way the students took on the challenge of competing on a dense four-year circuit. I am excited to build on their success as we set our sights on nationals." Take that Zombies! Feature Photo: h.t Casper College/Pitchengine Communities #oilcity #news #caspercollege