Webster continues success at Missouri Mule

Webster University’s forensics team traveled to UCM to continue their competition season. How well did they do?

The tournament started on Friday, October 18, 2019. Webster has 2 teams participating in Parliamentary debate. (Lilly Reed and Juliana Ness; Laurel Kratz and Amethyst Lehman)

Only Kratz and Lehman would advance to quarter-finals, however would lose that round. Kratz would take 4th speaker and Lehman 6th in NPDA.

Laurel and Amethyst prep for their quarter-final debate round with the help of the entire team

Individual Events (IEs) is where the team shined the most however. Webster took 3rd place in IE sweepstakes on Day 1 of the swing and 2nd place on Day 2. Overall the Gorloks took 2nd Place IE Swing Sweeps and 3rd Place combined.

On Day 1, for IEs:

  • Juliana Ness: 3rd Place Extemporaneous
  • John Wallis: 4th Place Dramatic Interpretation , 3rd Place Persuasive Speaking, 1st Place Impromptu Speaking, 2nd Place Extemporaneous, and 1st in Pentathlon
  • Laurel Kratz: 1st Place Extemporaneous, 5th Place Pentathlon
Webster’s Juliana Ness, Laurel Kratz, and John Wallis rounded out the top 3 Extemporaneous Speaking Finals on Saturday.

Sunday saw more Gorlok’s break into final rounds.

On Day 2 of IEs:

  • Juliana Ness: 5th Place Extemporaneous
  • John Wallis: 3rd Place Impromptu, 4th Place Extemporaneous, 4th Pentathlon
  • Laurel Kratz: 2nd Place Informative Speaking, 2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking, 2nd Place Communication Analysis, 2nd Place Pentathlon
  • Shiloh Johnston: 5th Place POI (Program Oral Interpretation), 6th Place Impromptu
  • Amethyst Lehman: 4th Place Impromptu

In addition, with her performance at the first 2 tournaments Laurel has now qualified to compete at AFA (American Forensics Tournament) in Extemporaneous Speaking. John also qualified for AFA in both Extemporaneous and Impromptu.

The AFA tournament will be held from April 2nd-7th in Santa Rosa, CA. The two hope to qualify in more events and hope other team members will be able to join them in competing.

The team poses after the awards ceremony Saturday night

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