University of Nebraska-Lincoln speech team finishes 7th in national tournament

By Daniel Wheaton, NewsNetNebraska

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln speech team is only one year younger than the university itself.
After months of preparation, 19 Huskers represented the university at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament at Arizona State University this past weekend. The team finished 7th nationally. Here are the overall results:

National Finalists:
Josh Planos, 4th program oral interpretation
Reece Ristau, 5th communication analysis
Amanda Stoffel, 6th communication analysis

National Semifinalists:
Grace Kluck and Josh Planos, duo interpretation
Shane Kraus, extemporaneous speaking
Josh Planos, poetry interpretation
Grace Kluck, prose interpretation

National Quarterfinalists:
Reece Ristau, after dinner speaking
Linsey Armstrong, communication analysis
Amanda Stoffel, dramatic interpretation
Grace Kluck, dramatic interpretation
Roger Allen, dramatic interpretation
Daniel Wheaton, extemporaneous speaking
Grace Solem-Pfeifer, extemporaneous speaking
Bryant Grimminger, impromptu speaking
Josiah BeDunnah, program oral interpretation

Individual sweepstakes:
Josh Planos, 14th place 89 points
Grace Kluck, 15th place 89 points

Team sweepstakes: 7th with 254.5 points

Below you’ll find profiles of the team.

Starting back in September, the 19 members of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln speech team have been competing at speech tournaments all across the nation. This weekend, these 19 performers will compete in 66 different individual events at the the AFA-NIET.

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