UNO Forensics had two students qualify for “out rounds” in national competition in April at Mankato, Minnesota.
Buey Ruet advanced his persuasive presentation to the semi-final round (he was among the top 12 persuasive speakers in the nation). Teresa Oberdorfer advanced her poetry presentation to quarterfinals (placing her among the top-24 competitors in the nation in poetry).
“To put this into context, the last time UNO advanced anyone to a quarterfinal round was in 2002,” Coach Abbie Farrens Syrek said.
There were 92 schools competing at the national tournament, UNO placed 25th overall.
Syrek received congratulations from Acting Vice Chancellor Sheri Rogers: “The students’ accomplishments this past year are truly remarkable,” she said.
Local schools placing within the elite "Top Twenty" included: Kansas State University, 7th place; University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 11th place; and Hastings College, 15th place.
Forensics Team Excels at Kansas State University
UNO Forensics earlier earned a First Place finish against some of the nation’s top competition. They finished third in Saturday competition, first on Sunday competition and second place overall in January at Kansas State University.
Teresa Oberdorfer was the Champion of Prose Interpretation, as well as the Champion of Poetry Interpretation; Buey Ruet (sophomore, political science & economics major) earned 4th place in Persuasive Speaking; Ross Waldron earned 5th place in Program of Oral Interpretation; Marty Ertz earned 5th place in After-Dinner Speaking; Marty Ertz and Leland Klauzer earned 3rd place in Duo Interpretation; and Ross Waldron and Mike Nellis earned 4th place in Duo Interpretation.
Laurie Welch was the Champion of Poetry Interpretation; Buey Ruet earned 2nd place in Persuasive Speaking; Marty Ertz earned 4th place in After-Dinner Speaking; Ross Waldron earned 5th place in After-Dinner Speaking; Becky Boyer earned 4th place in Informative Speaking; Teresa Oberdorfer earned 3rd place in Informative Speaking; Leland Klauzer and Marty Ertz earned 2nd place in Duo Interpretation; Ross Waldron and Mike Nellis earned 3rd place in Duo Interpretation; and Matt Eledge earned 6th place in Communication Analysis (a.k.a. Rhetorical Criticism).
The overall tournament sweepstakes top three teams were: (1) Doane College, (2) UNO, and (3) Hastings College. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln also competed at Manhattan.