ASU Forensics Speech Team Finishes Season with a Bang

The ASU Forensics Speech Team finished the season with a bang at this year's National Forensics Association tournament hosted by Ball State University, in Muncie, IN from April 14 to 18, 2016 

The Speech Team finished in the top 10 along with the three graduating seniors on the team.

Team Sweeps
10th place in Open Division
4th place in President's Division I Sweepstakes (schools with 22-45 speech entries; ASU had 26 entries)

Frankie Marchi
Dramatic Interpretation – 4th place out of 177
Prose - Semifinals
Duo Interpretation (with partner Paxton Attridge) - Quarterfinals
Poetry Interpretation - Quarterfinals

Paxton Attridge
Extemporaneous Speaking – 5th place out of 142
Impromptu speaking - Semifinals
Duo Interpretation (with partner Frankie Marchi) - Quarterfinals

James Qian
Impromptu speaking – 3rd place out of 204
Extemporaneous speaking - Semifinals
Informative Speaking - Quarterfinals

Sophomore Abigail Toye along with Seniors Paxton Attridge, Frankie Marchi, and James Qian placed 10th in open division and 4th in President's Division I after delivering nearly 100 speeches. The team's three seniors each provided superlative individual performances to buoy the team's final scores. Marchi, Attridge, and Qian all placed in the top 6 in an individual event to the final round of competition.

Senior Frankie Marchi is a Communication major, senior Paxton Attridge is an English Literature major, and senior James Qian is a Computer Information Systems major.

To qualify an event to the NFA National Tournament, students must reach the finals in that event at a regular season tournament. The NFA tournament has 4 preliminary rounds in each event, with competition taking place over 5 days.


Picture: (Back row, LtoR) coaches John Grimm, Bria Woodyard, Adam Symonds
​(front row, LtoR) Frankie Marchi, James Qian, Abigail Toye, Paxton Attridge​