By Stefan Snijiders, Contributor
For the second time in history, MavForensics, the University of Nebraska at Omaha forensics team was honored as state champions. Over Valentine’s Day weekend, the team of only 12 students bested multiple, nationally-ranked collegiate teams at the Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association (NIFA) tournament.
Mav speakers took home top individual competitor honors. According to a UNO press release on Monday, senior Karlee Currin and junior Catie Zaleski took the first and second place Individual Sweepstakes awards, respectively, after advancing all six of their events to finals.
In the interpretation events, Currin took first place in the Program of Oral Interpretation event, Zaleski won the Poetry Interpretation’s first place and the Duo Interpretation event of Currin and Zaleski also came in first place.
In the public address events, senior Natalie Schneider-Brooks received first place in Communication Analysis and sophomore Doug Morris won Oratory. Moreover,at the NIFA tournament, the top two students in Oratory advance to compete at Interstate Oratory (IO), the nation’s oldest public speaking competition. Morris and senior Dan Cutter, who finished in second place, will travel to Georgia in April to participate at IO.
The Mavericks beat out long-standing rival and previous state champion, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, to secure the victory.
MavForensics and UNL, as well as the other Nebraska teams, will finish their seasons by moving on to the American Forensics Association (AFA) national tournamentin early April.