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James Qian, ASU junior and member of the ASU Forensics Team, won the Impromptu Speaking competition at the 2015 American Forensics Association’s National Individual Events Tournament held April 3-7. This is the first time any ASU student has won the competition!
The American Forensics Association is the largest organization for college speech and debate in the country, with over 75 schools and 800 students competing in public speaking. Impromptu speaking has the most entries of any event at the tournament with competition consisting of 3 preliminary rounds, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals over the course of three days. Of all 11 public speaking competitions hosted at the NIET tournament, Impromptu Speaking was the only event the ASU Forensics Team had not won since the tournament's inception in 1978. ASU Forensics students have now claimed a title in each of the 11 events: Impromptu, Extemporaneous, Persuasive, Informative, After Dinner Speaking, Communication Analysis, Prose Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, Programmed Oral Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, and Duo Interpretation.
Competing with Qian at this year's NIET were juniors Frankie Marchi and Paxton Attridge, Sophomores Kohinoor Gill and Benjamin Steele, and First year student Abigail Toye. As a group, the team competed in nearly 30 events, collectively performing over 150 times in two days. The team placed 14th in overall sweepstakes at the NIET, improving on a 16th place finish at last year's tournament. Sweepstakes points are tallied like the gymnastics competition at the Olympics: each student individually performs in several of the categories, and the points from those performances are totaled to rank the overall team performance.