Forensic and Debate Team Qualifies for Elite AFA Tournament

| October 22, 2012

Webster University’s Sierra Weber and Gary Jackson finished second at each tournament in duo interpretation, qualifying them for the American Forensic Association national tournament.

Webster’s forensic and debate team recently competed in two tournaments on the University of Central Missouri campus in Warrensburg, Mo., resulting in the team’s first qualification for the elite American Forensic Association (AFA) National Individual Event tournament in April 2013.

Senior political science major Gary Jackson and sophomore speech communication studies major Sierra Weber finished second at each tournament in duo interpretation which, combined with success earlier in the semester, earned them their qualification. In addition to these awards, Jackson and Weber were also quarterfinalists in varsity parliamentary debate. Jackson added two fifth-place finishes in programmed oral interpretation to his list of awards for the weekend.

Senior journalism major Collin Reischman, competing at his first tournament, was fourth speaker in the novice parliamentary debate division. Taylor Roberson rounded out the awards with a fourth place finish in informative speaking. Other students representing Webster at the tournaments were sophomore English major Stephen Moore and senior speech communication studies major Debbie Zamora.

The team’s next outing will be this coming weekend when they travel to Lee’s Summit, Mo., to compete in tournaments at Metropolitan Community College at Longview. The team’s director and assistant director of forensics, Scott Jensen and Gina Jensen, have coordinated the tabulation at each tournament attended by Webster this year. The two will team up to coordinate tournament management in Lee’s Summit.

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