Published Wednesday, November 15th, 2023
The Wayne State forensics team shone in its first two competitions of the academic year.
Wayne State College’s forensics team was crowned champions in the Small Team Division Sweepstakes, while students Brayden Almgren of Stuart and Kirsten Fike of York won the Duo Interpretation competition during the Bethany Vocal Viking Speech and Debate Tournament held Oct. 27-28 at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minn.
It was the first competition of the academic year for Wayne State. Students prepared a variety of events in the Public Address and Oral Interpretation categories.
Wayne State student results from the Bethany Vocal Viking Speech and Debate Tournament:
Brayden Almgren, Stuart, Kirsten Fike, York – 1st place, Duo Interpretation
Jadyn Burenheide, Howells – 4th place, Persuasive Speaking
Corbin Kinney, Elgin – 7th place, Program Oral Interpretation
Faatimah Kouatli, Stanton – 5th place, Persuasive Speaking
Olivia Perske, David City – 6th place, Persuasive Speaking
Kansas State Lynne Ross Invitational
Faatimah Kouatli of Stanton took home first place in the Persuasive Speaking event which helped Wayne State to a fourth place Team Sweepstakes finish at the Kansas State Lynne Ross Invitational speech meet Nov. 4 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
Wayne State student results from the Kansas State Lynne Ross Invitational:
Dani Janssen, Sterling – 4th place, Persuasive Speaking
Corbin Kinney, Elgin – 5th place, Program Oral Interpretation
Faatimah Kouatli, Stanton – 1st place, Persuasive Speaking
Olivia Perske, David City – 3rd place, Persuasive Speaking
Zachary Randall, Pender – 2nd place, Extemporaneous Speaking; 3rd place, Impromptu Speaking
“I’m extremely proud of what these students accomplished in our first two competitions this year,” said Jonathan Laner, head coach of Wayne State’s forensics team. “The work they put in prior to these competitions definitely paid off.”