The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) competitive speech team, MavForensics, secured their fourth consecutive state championship on Saturday, Feb. 10, continuing a streak that has seen the team earn Top 10 recognition nationally in each of the last 10 years.
The 2017 Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association tournament took place at the University of Nebraska-Kearney and featured competitors from colleges and universities from around the state. The competition took place Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10.
Up next, MavForensics will compete in the annual American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) at Colorado College from April 6 through April 9.
In their state-wide competitive team sweepstakes, UNO as able to best perennial Top 20 national finishers Hastings College and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In total, the team was able to secure 15 top-three finishes in each of the 11 categories.
Among the categories was Oratory, which annually qualifies competitors from each state to compete at the national Interstate Oratorical Association tournament. This year, Abbie Perry, a junior, qualified for the tournament by winning championship honors in the Nebraska compeition. In doing so, Perry is one of just two competitors in Nebraska who will compete nationally at Monmouth College this April.
Interstate Oratory proved to be MavForensics' strongest category, with juniors Katiana Fischer, Sarah Maul and Cesar Magana-Linares earning third, fourth, and fifth place respectively.
Additional categories where UNO earned top marks included Program of Oral Interpretation, where senior Alissa Duong and freshman Katherine Coonce placed first and second, respectively and Impromptu Speaking where sophomore Seth Nelson and junior Abbie Perry placed first and fourth, respectively.
Indiviually, UNO earned three first-place finishes, six second-place finishes, six third-place finishes, and three fourth-place finishes.
A full list of results is included below:
First - University of Nebraska Omaha
Second - Hastings College
Third - University of Nebraska Lincoln
First - Abbie Perry (Junior)
Third - Katiana Fischer (Junior)
Fourth - Sarah Maul (Junior)
Fifth - Cesar Magaña-Linares (Junior)
Program of Oral Interpretation
First - Alissa Duong (Senior)
Second - Katherine Coonce (Freshman)
First - Seth Nelson (Sophomore)
Fourth - Abbie Perry
Second - Place Sarah Maul
Third - Place Cesar Magaña-Linares
After Dinner Speaking
Second - Place Alissa Duong
Third - Place Dominic Hernandez
Sixth - Place Abbie Perry
Second - Place Raul Herrera
Third - Place Dominic Hernandez
Sixth - Place Karina El-Refai
2nd Place Thomas Martinez (Junior) and Megan Ojeda (Sophomore)
6th Place Sam Burville (Junior) and Katherine Coonce
3rd Place Abbie Perry
4th Place Cesar Magaña-Linares
6th Place Katiana Fischer (Junior)
Fifth - Gordon Ip (Senior)
Sixth - Sam Burville
Second - Chloé Romero (Junior)
Third - Gordon Ip
Sixth - Megan Ojeda
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