By Jackson Taylor, News Editor
The University of Nebraska at Omaha speech team, MavForensics, continued its history of competitiveness in a national contest, finishing third overall. Last year, the team finished eighth overall.
The competition was held on Jan.10 and Jan. 11. The tournament, “Hell Froze Over,” is known as one of the toughest competitions of the year due to the limited number of slots available for schools to compete.
Some notable individual finishes that contributed to the Mavs taking third place were senior Karlee Currin earning first place and junior Catie Zaleski earning third place overall for their individual talents.
Zaleski also won three individual championships and placed first in individual sweepstakes. Currin won two individual championships, including “Duo Interpretation” with Zaleski, and a second place finish in the individual sweepstakes.
A complete list of the ForensicsTeam results:
Hell Freeze Over Day One
Communication Analysis – Natalie Brooks (Senior): Semifinalist
Prose Interpretation – Catie Zaleski: Semifinalist, Karlee Currin: Semifinalist
Poetry Interpretation – Catie Zaleski: Semifinalist
Persuasive Speaking – Natalie Brooks: Semifinalist
Program of Oral Interpretation – Karlee Currin: Semifinalist
Hell Freeze Over Day Two
Prose Interpretation – Catie Zaleski: First place, Karlee Currin: Semifinalist
Program of Oral Interpretation – Karlee Currin, First Place
Duo Interpretation – Karlee Currin/Catie Zaleski: First Place
Dramatic Interpretation – Catie Zaleski: First Place, Abbie Herbert: Semifinalist
After Dinner Speaking – Karlee Currin: Third Place
Poetry Interpretation – Catie Zaleski: Fifth Place
Communication Analysis – Dan Cutter (Senior): Fifth Place, Natalie Brooks: Semifinalist
Impromptu Speaking – Dan Cutter: Semifinalist
Extemporaneous Speaking – Natalie Brooks: Semifinalist
Informative Speaking – Natalie Brooks: Semifinalist
Individual Sweepstakes – Catie Zaleski: First place, Karlee Currin: Second Place
Team Sweepstakes – UNO: Second Place
Overall Individual Sweepstakes – Karlee Currin: First Place, Catie Zaleski: Third Place
Overall Team Sweepstakes – UNO: Third Place