Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Forensics Weekend in Review

Congratulations to the BGSU Forensics team (Speech, Debate and Performance), which had an exciting few days with tournaments and PKD Honorary initiation. [Click on each photo to enlarge.]

The varsity team had an excellent showing some nine hours away at Wisconsin-Stout, placing Second among teams from across the country. [Photo on the Left, L-R: Kenny Rogers, Jennifer Cole, Michelle Baker, Amanda Hensley, Maryellen Jacks, Sarah Griffith and coach Paul Alday; Photo on the right, the same crew with a random pirate statue. I imagine they're getting inspired for our pirate theme tournament we're hosting in the spring.]


On Sunday I took a predominately novice squad to an equally difficult tournament at Otterbein College with teams from around the country. Even our PKD President, Michelle, said “we felt bad sending them into a blood bath.” It was initially very disappointing when none of our events made it into finals.

Allow me to be forward enough to state the obvious- pageant contestants and audiences sometimes wonder if there was a numeric mistake. In Forensics, we not only wonder, we find out. Coaches receive complete breakdowns of all the scores for all the rounds of competition. As it turns out, two of our events should have made it into finals, but technical errors occurred in the tabulation room. Though frustrating, at least this realization heightened team morale for the ride home. Honestly, the mistake wasn’t a huge surprise, as the whole tournament ran behind schedule and seemed highly disorganized. [Above L-R: volunteer judge Dr. Steven Croucher, Sarah Smith, Paul Kevin Huffman, Kayla Combs, Alex D'Ettore, Jennifer Myers and I.]

Monday night BG’s chapter of the Pi Kappa Delta Forensics Honorary inducted four new members. Fellow alum and volunteer coach, Anna, and I were asked to conduct the ceremony. Our brand new Forensics complex is connected to an unusable room full of low ductwork; we affectionately call it “The Gauntlet;” it provided a perfectly creepy place for the candle lit ceremony.

I was honored to be included and as usual, had a great time with the team. [L-R on the futon: Me, Sarah S., MJ J., Kenny R., Suzie S. and Sarah G. On the floor: J*Cole, Amanda H., Kayla C., Michelle B. and Anna A.]

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