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.”