Speech team wins awards in Wisconsin tournament
Seton Hall’s Brownson Speech Team qualified and attended the American Forensics Association National Tournament where they won multiple honors at the University of Wisconsin from April 2 to April 5.
Freshman Kristen Velloza, sophomore Caleb Barnhart and junior Ryan Dicovitsky contributed team points in their preliminary events.
There were a number of individual accomplishments as well.
Junior Nicole Dalton quarter-finaled in dramatic interpretation and senior Eric Miller semi-finaled in extemporaneous speaking before going on to place fifth in the nation in persuasive speaking, and 17th overall for the individual sweepstakes speaker.
Senior Justin Helmley won second place in the nation in dramatic interpretation of literature, and finally senior Emily Coady placed 3rd in the nation in persuasive speaking.
Coady was also awarded a position on the All American Forensics Team, which was selected while the students were in Wisconsin.
In order to win this award the student must receive nominations and then selections are made based on three criteria including, scholastic achievement, AFA-NIET forensic participation and community service.
“It was an honor to be recognized on the All-American Team,” she said. “These past four years have been a blessing both in speech and in my other activities, and it was great to be recognized for my hard work.”
The Seton Hall speech team begins preparing for it’s season in July and competes into April, but regardless of the fact their season is one of the longest seasons on campus for a competitive group, their budget was nearly cut in half this year.
Nevertheless, the team qualified in even more events this year than in previous years.
“I am so proud of my teammates, and my wish for the speech team,” Emily said, “is for it to receive the respect it deserves.”
Editor’s note: The Setonian incorrectly printed Nicole Dalton’s name in the original version of the story. It has since been fixed. The Setonian regrets the error.
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