Concordia College speech competitors placed fifteenth in the overall school competition at the American Forensic Association’s National Individual Events tournament hosted April 5-8 by Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan. A total of 80 institutions qualified students for the national tournament.
Thirteen Concordia students qualified for the national tournament, and two students won individual awards. Senior Britt Aasmundstad, (Devil’s Lake, N.D.), and sophomore George Kueppers, (Spicer, Minn.) made the cut from the guaranteed preliminary round competition to single elimination finals. Aasmundstad reached the quarter-finals of the impromptu speaking event while Kueppers reached the quarter-finals of after dinner Speaking. Their quarter-final finish placed them among the top 24 competitors in the tournament.
As a school, Concordia placed fifteenth among all institutions participating at the tournament. The top three places were taken by Bradley University (Peoria, Ill.), Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, Ky.), and George Mason University (Fairfax, Va).
“This award is a testament to the work of all our speech competitors,” says Concordia Director of Forensics, Fred Sternhagen, “The overall school award is determined from the combined performance by all of a school’s competitors—not just a school’s top finishers. This finish would not have been possible without the strong participation of all our students and without the contribution of our seniors who allowed us to get to this point.”
Other Concordia students who qualified for the national tournament were seniors Meg Henrickson, Cole Kantos and Jenna Nypan; juniors Colin Sullivan and Joe Anderson; and sophomores Cristy Dougherty, Christiana Hennings, Amelia Hinkle, Krysta Hovendon, Quinn Maroney, and Amber Morgan. The students are coached by members of the Communication Studies and Theatre Art Department at Concordia—Joe Kennedy, Adam Knowlton and Megan Orcholski.