The Speaking Bearcats compete at University of Central Missouri

The Speaking Bearcats traveled to Warrensburg, Missouri, to compete in a two-day tournament held at The University of Central Missouri Nov. 4-6.

On the first two days of the tournament Northwest placed sixth, and results for both days combined, Northwest placed fifth overall.  Carl Stafford, a senior from St. Louis, made outstanding performances for both days of the tournament.  He took first in prose interpretation on both days, fourth in Program of Oral Interpretation on the first day and third on the second day, and first in dramatic interpretation and third in poetry interpretation on day one, which won him three event titles for the weekend.  Other Bearcats had notable weekends as well, Taylor Weatherly (sophomore) placed fifth in Program of Oral Interpretation and Zach Haffecke (junior) placed fifth in informative speaking which allowed them both to qualify for the final rounds for the first time. This was Weatherly and Haffecke’s best finish for the year so far.  Haiden Brand (freshman) placed sixth in dramatic interpretation.

Director of the Northwest forensics and debate team Brian Swafford said, “I’m really proud of Taylor and Zach.  They have been putting in a lot of hard work in practice and it is great to see their hard work paying off.”

Kansas State Swing

October 22 and 23 2011

The Speaking Bearcats traveled to Manhattan, Kansas this past weekend to compete in the Kansas State Swing tournaments.  There were two tournaments at Kansas State this past weekend. The Lynne Ross Classic and the KSU Alumni tournament.

The tournaments featured nationally ranked programs from University of Nebraska-Omaha (5th Place), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (7th Place), Doane College (15th Place), and Hastings College (18th Place).

LYNNE ROSS CLASSIC RESULTS                                                                         October 22, 2011


6th Place – Northwest Missouri State


8th Place – Carl Stafford


5th Place – Carl Stafford


7th Place – Kelsey Bowers & Tony Pulford


6th Place – Carl Stafford

KSU ALUMNI TOURNAMENT RESULTS                                                              October 23, 2011


5th Place – Northwest Missouri State


7th Place – Carl Stafford


5th Place – Carl Stafford

6th Place – Haiden Brand


6th Place – Kelsey Bowers & Tony Pulford


1st Place – Samantha Stone

“We had our first event champion of the season this weekend.  It is always nice to be rewarded for all the hard work we have put in.  Sam did just that with her outstanding prose performance,”  said Brian Swafford, Northwest forensics and debate coach.

“The best thing about the final round was when a judge apologized for not writing more comments because she was so drawn in to the performance,”  said Samantha Stone.

The Speaking Bearcats will travel to Independence, Missouri for the Central States Swing tournament and they will also travel to Omaha, Nebraska for the Nebraska Nuts Swing Tournment.

Check back next week with another update!

Jack Rabbit Jousts

October 7 and 8th 2011

Northwest Missouri State traveled 9 students to this tournament this weekend. Six of which attended a tournament for the first time this season!

Twenty schools attendended this event at University of South Dakota State, including University of Ohio at Miami. Hastings College, Gutavus Adolphus College, Creighton University, Mcneese State University. Concordia College, and Minnesota State University-Mankota.

University of South Dakot States honored their longtime forensics and debate coachs Dr. Joel Heflings by hosting a tournament before he retires at the end of this year.  Dr. Heflings former students who helped host this event are also some of the best coaches in the nation (see above colleges listed.)  Dr. Hefling has become a well respected forensics figure for years and is invovled with Pi Kappa Delta and the National Forensics Association.

Nine of the schools were ranked in the top 20 at one of the three national tournaments last year.



Team Sweepstakes

10th place Northwest Missouri State university

Individual Sweepstakes

3rd place- Carl Stafford

Poetry Interpretation

2nd place- Carl Stafford

Prose Interpretation

3rd place- Carl Stafford

Carl Stafford (Senior, St. Louis) is the team
Brian Swafford:  “I’m glad that we could attend this
tournament to support Dr. Hefling’s legacy to forensics.  He is an outstanding
coach that will be greatly missed.”
Carl Stafford:  “It was nice to place in two of my
events at the first tournament out.  And all these new folks really made me
proud to be part of this team.”

Check back next week for this upcoming weeks tournaments!


Northwests First Tournament Results

28, 2011


Northwest Missouri State University Forensics Team,
the Speaking Bearcats, competed in their first meet of the year.  The Speaking Bearcats traveled to Hutchinson,
Kansas to compete at two tournaments hosted on the campus of Hutchinson
Community College the weekend of September 24-25.

Twenty-two schools from across the region were in attendance, including nationally ranked programs University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and Doane College.

“Judges consistently commented on the quality of the presentations and the natural talent of the performers that would only improve over the course of the season,” said Brian Swafford, first year coach of the Speaking Bearcats.

Individual participation from the Hutchinson Community College Forensics Tournament:

Taylor Cayce, a sophomore from Kansas City, took an

Jamar Mullins, a freshman from St. Louis, paired
with Taylor Cayce in parliamentary debate.

Samantha Stone, a sophomore from Independence,
paired with Taylor Weatherly in Dramatic DUO Interpretation and took a Poetry

Taylor Weatherly, a sophomore from Kansas City,
paired with Samantha in Dramatic DUO Interpretation and took a Poetry program.

The Speaking Bearcats’ next competition will be the
weekend of October 7-8 at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota.

Check back here for more updates next week!

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