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2011.02.21 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Forensics Team Places Second in Nebraska, Prepairs for National Tournament

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Forensics Team is once again on its way to national prominence after a successful weekend at the Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association State (NIFAS) Tournament.

The UNO team took first place in the “Quality Award” category, which is presented to the team with the highest success ration per events entered. UNO also took second place in the Team Sweepstakes category with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln taking first and Hastings College taking third.

The Nebraska tournament one of the most difficult outside of the national forensics competition. Five schools in the American Forensics Association’s (AFA) top 20 competed this weekend; UNO was one of two ranked in the top 10.

In addition to UNO’s team awards, several students earned first-place finishes, which automatically qualify them for national competition.

Freshman Tunette Powell took first pace in the Oratory category, senior Tessie Stednitz took first place in Poetry, senior Niveditha Rajagopalan took first in After-Dinner Speaking, sophomores Cole Evans and Trae Graham won Duo. UNO also qualified students for two additional events at nationals, increasing the number to 42 total. The highest number of events students from any school can qualify for collectively is 66.

In two weeks the UNO Forensics team will play host to the AFA District IV Tournament, which includes schools from Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

On Wednesday, March 14 the team will host a spaghetti feed to help raise money for its to nationals.

Two weeks later, on March 28, the team will present a showcase on the UNO campus before preparing for the national tournament, which runs from April 7 to April 9 at Texas State University-San Marcos.

The public is encouraged to attend both the spaghetti feed and showcase.

Last year the UNO Forensics team came in first in the NIFAS tournament on its way to a fifth place finish at the national tournament, the highest ranking in school history.

For more information about the UNO Forensics program or upcoming forensics events, please contact the team’s coach, Abbie Syrek, at (402) 554.3952 or by email at asyrek@unomaha.edu.

2012 First Place Winners
UNO's First Place Finishers

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