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Speech team takes first in division for fourth year running

Northwestern University’s Speech Team is tops in its division once again. The team claimed first place in Division I at the National Forensics Association National Tournament this spring for the fourth year in a row. The record for consecutive wins is five.

Speech team takes first in division for fourth year running
Overall, the team placed eighth in the open division, against all other teams, regardless of number of team members. The tournament attracts more than 75 university teams from across the country each year.

In addition to team awards, team member Joshua Hiew (C13) won the national championships in both extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking.

Hanchen Wang (WCAS14) took second place in impromptu speaking, and Priyanka Gupta (WCAS12) took third place in extemporaneous speaking.

“We placed first and second in Impromptu Speaking and first and third in Extemporaneous Speaking,” said team coach Ryan Lauth. “This is a very very rare accomplishment for a team of our size.”

Grace Rojeck (C13) also took sixth place in After-Dinner Speaking.

Thirteen team members from Northwestern attended the tournament:
Priyanka Gupta (WCAS12), Jack Chen (SESP12), Joshua Hiew (C13), Grace Rojek (C13), Hanchen Wang (WCAS14), Clare Roth (J14), Milana Duggan (C14), Maryia Baradzina (WCAS14), Tiffany Chang (WCAS15), Savy Leiser (C15), Adam Logeman (WCAS15), Tralon Williams (WCAS15), and Tara McManus (J15).

The Speech Team is sponsored by the School of Communication.