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2016-2017 ASU Forensics Team  

After participating in August retreats for both speech and debate, team members were ready to begin the fall competitions.


Speech tournaments are typically 2 tournaments in one weekend so the placement and awards are determined for each day separately, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.  The events are divided into three categories: Impromptu and Extemporaneous Speaking (limited preparation events), Persuasive, Informative, Communication Analysis and After Dinner Speaking (public platform addresses), and Poetry, Prose, Dramatic, Duo and Programmed Oral Interpretation (interpretive events).

April 2017

National Forensics Association Nationals, hosted by University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire - April 13-17 (ASU Now article)
The ASU Forensics Team brought home 1st place in the President's Division II Sweepstakes while senior Kohinoor Gill brought home 1st place in Impromptu Speaking. The team consisted of Gill, junior Abbey Toye, and sophomore Sachin Kumar. This is the team's third national title in four years.

Gil bested 175 other competitors to claim the 1st place title. He also placed 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking (out of 151), tied for 7th in Informative Speaking (out of 146), and tied for 13th in Rhetorical Criticism (out of 105).  Overall, he placed 10th out of 504 students competing in the tournament.

Toye finished 25th (out of 198) in her Prose Interpretation and Kumar finished 93rd overall.

The team placed 12th in the Overall Sweepstakes award, quite a feat for a team of three students.

National Individual Events Tournament, hosted by Bradley University – April 1-3 (ASU Now article)
Six Arizona State University students from the forensics team placed 15th at the prestigious National Individual Events Tournament (NIET).

Senior Kohinoor Gill and junior Abbey Toye each reached the finals with one of their competitive speeches. Across his six events, Gill placed 17th out of all speakers at the tournament. Senior Ben Steele, sophomore Sachin Kumar and freshmen Erin Guiney and Alexander Haw rounded out the team effort. A total of 72 schools were represented with 486 students competing.

Toye qualified in Persuasion, Dramatic Interpretation, and Prose Interpretation. She finished in 6th out of 144 competitors in the event. Toye ranked 18th heading into the quarterfinals, made it through both the quarterfinals and semifinals, advancing to the elimination rounds.

Gill qualified in Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Informative Speaking, Communication Analysis, After Dinner Speaking, and Duo Interpretation. He advanced in Extemporaneous, Impromptu, and Informative speaking to the quarterfinals; advancing in Extemporaneous and Impromptu to the semifinals; and on to finals in Extemporaneous Speaking. Gill ultimately placed 2nd in Extemporaneous out of a field of 113 competitors

March 2017

National Speech Championship, hosted by Northwestern University - March 26
The ASU Forensics Speech Team sent several members to the inaugural National Speech Championship tournament in late March. Congratulations to Senior Kohinoor Gill for reaching the quarterfinal rounds of Informative and Impromptu Speaking, and the final rounds of Extemporaneous Speaking and Communications Analysis.

Kohinoor Gill finishes is the inaugural NSC Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking, finishing in 6th place in Communication Analysis!

February 2017

District IX Last Chance Tournament, hosted by El Paso Community College - February 24-26
While putting the finishing touches on the season this weekend in El Paso, ASU speech acquired additional qualifications to nationals in:

Junior Abigail Toy took 2nd place in Prose and 5th place in Persuasive; Freshman Erin Guiney placed 2nd in Communication Analysis. Freshman Alexander Haw took 3rd in Programmed Oral Interpretation. Sophomore Sachin Kuma and senior Kohinoor Gill topped off the accomplishments with tournament Champions in Duo.

“Winter at the Beach”, hosted by Cal State, Long Beach – February 4-5
ASU Speech competed at Cal State University, Long Beach, finishing with tournament champions in both days one and two.

On day one Sophomore Sachin Kumar finished as tournament Champion in Impromptu Speaking, and 3rd place in both Extemporaneous and After Dinner Speaking. Senior Benjamin Steele ended day one as tournament Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking and Senior Kohinoor Gill took tournament Champion in Communication Analysis. Junior Abigail Toye finished day one in 6th place in Dramatic Interpretation and Freshman Erin Guiney placed 5th in both Impromptu Speaking and Communication Analysis.

Senior Kohinoor Gill finished day two as tournament Champion in Communication Analysis and tournament Champion in Duo with sophomore Sachin Kumar.  Kohi also placed 4th on day two in After Dinner Speaking. Junior Abigail Toy took tournament Champion on day two in Dramatic Interpretation, 2nd place in Prose, and 3rd place in Programmed Oral Interpretation. Sophomore Sachin Kumar ended day two as tournament Champion with senior Kohi Gill in Duo, and place 2nd in Extemporaneous Speaking. Freshman Erin Guiney finished day two with 2nd place in Communication Analysis, 4th in Impromptu Speaking, and 5th place in After Dinner Speaking. Senior Benjamin Steele finished day two as 5th in Informative Speaking.

ASU took 3rd overall at the Individual Events portion on both days one and two.

January 2017

Borderland Swing, hosted by University of Texas, El Paso – January 28-29
ASU Speech traveled to El Paso for the Borderland Swing in late January. Borderland Swing is sponsored by El Paso Community College and the University of Texas at El Paso.

Day One Results for the Borderland Swing are in:
Sophomore Sachin Kumar finished 3rd in Informative Speaking, 3rd in Impromptu Speaking, and 6th in Extemporaneous Speaking. Sachin and Kohi Gill finished 4th in Duo. Sachin finished the day as tournament champion in After Dinner Speaking!

Senior Kohinoor Gill placed 2nd in Informative Speaking and 3rd in both After Dinner Speaking and Communication Analysis. Kohi also finished 4th Duo with Sachin Kumar. Junior Abigail Toye placed 3rd in Programmed Oral Interpretation and finished day one as the tournament Champion in Dramatic Intrepretation.

Sachin was also the 3rd Place Individual Speaker for the tournament and ASU won both day one of the Individual Events Swing as well as day one of the tournament overall with three students.

Bradley University “Hell Froze Over” Swing - January 14-15
ASU Speech competed at Bradley University again for the Hell Froze Over Swing! The tournament was hosted by the University of Texas at Austin and Bradley University and is one of the largest tournaments in the nation.

On day one, senior Kohinoor Gill reached pattern A semifinals in Extemporaneous and Impromptu Speaking. Gill finished the day as the tournament champion in Extemporaneous Speaking!

Gill made it to the semifinals in Extemporaneous, Informative, and Communication Analysis on day two, finishing 3rd place in the finals in Extemporaneous Speaking.

November 2016

Cal State University-Northridge Tournament – November 4-7
The ASU Forensics Team took 5 speech students to compete at CSUN: Senior Benjamin Steele, Sophomores Yegor Zenkov, Richard Bui, and Javier De La Hoz, and First year Sarah Robinson.

On Day 1 of speech competition, Richard Bui was a finalist in After Dinner Speaking; Sophomore Yegor Zenkov won the Extemporaneous Speaking event and finished 3rd in Impromptu speaking; Senior Ben Steele placed 2nd in Extemporaneous, 2nd in Impromptu, and 3rd in Informative Speaking.

On Day 2 of competition, Bui was a finalist in After Dinner Speaking; Steele placed 1st in Impromptu and 2nd in Extemporaneous; and Zenkov was 3rd in Extemporaneous.

Overall, ASU finished 2nd in Team Sweepstakes in speech and debate at the CSU Northridge tournament (total points awarded to all of a school's competitors)!

Bradley University, 69th Annual LE Norton Invitational – November 4-7
"The Norton" is the premier tournament for collegiate speech in the fall semester, representing the best competitors from around the country.

The ASU Forensics team took 5 speech students to compete at the ‘Norton’: Senior Kohinoor Gill, Junior Abigail Toye, Sophomore Sachin Kumar, and First years Erin Guiney and Hannah Benton. Senior Kohinoor Gill turned in outstanding performances in both Impromptu and Extemporaneous Speaking, finishing in the semifinals of Impromptu (top 12 out of 116 entries) and placing 2nd in Extemporaneous (74 entries).

Overall, the team placed 14th out of 50 schools at the tournament--with only 5 competitors from ASU!

October 2016

Sun Carnival tournament hosted at El Paso Community College - October 1-2
The ASU Forensics Team sent 4 students to compete at two single day tournaments: Senior Benjamin Steele, Junior Abigail Toye, Sophomore Sachin Kumar, and Freshman Erin Guiney.

During the Saturday tournament, Steele placed 5th in Impromptu speaking, Kumar placed 4th in Extemporaneous speaking, Toye received 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation, and Guiney earned 4th in After Dinner Speaking AND the Top Novice award overall.

During the Sunday tournament, Steele placed 6th in Informative speaking and as a finalist in Impromptu Speaking. Guiney finished 3rd in After Dinner Speaking and as a finalist in Impromptu. Kumar was a finalist in Extemporaneous speaking and 4th in ADS. Finally, Toye was a finalist in Dramatic Interpretation


March 2017

California Endorsed Debate Championship – March 20
Congrats to all the debaters on their performance at the California Endorsed Debate Championship. Bren Ram and Ryan Ferdowsian win their second consecutive tournament! Bren also took top speaker with Ryan coming in at 2nd. Tanzil was 7th speaker and Sam placed 10th .

February 2017

University of Southern California Pacific Debate - February 24-26 (ASU Now article)
Congrats to Ryan Ferdowsian and Bren Ram win the Open division as Pacific Champions and qualify to the 2017 National Debate Tournament! First year Kayla Green and Nicole Figueroa place 3rd in Novice. Bren Ram took 4th speaker in Open, Kayla Green 5th and Nicole Figueroa placed 3rd in Novice.

Northwestern University - February 4-6
ASU Debate Devils sent 8 members to Northwestern in early February: Bren Ram, Ryan Ferdowsian, Caleb/Colin, Elana/Sam, and Elyse/Tanzil.

January 2017

Southwestern College Debate Tournament, hosted by San Diego – January 21
ASU Debate Devils competed at the Southwestern tournament in San Diego the 3rd week of January. This is the 2nd year for this tournament.

Bren Ram finishes 2nd in Open, Ryan 9th speaker and Kayla 2nd speakers in Novice, and Nicole as 4th speaker. Bren and Ryan finished as semifinalists!

November 2016

Cal State University-Northridge Tournament – November 4-7
The ASU Forensics Team took 7 students to the CSUN tournament to compete in debate.

In the novice division, first year Kayla Green debated with a student from Weber State University (Henri Phan). Green received the 8th place individual speaker award. As a team, Green and Phan were a perfect 6-0 in the preliminary rounds, then won all 3 of their elimination rounds to be crowned Champions of Novice Division.

In varsity, Junior Bren Ram and Junior Caleb Vinson also earned a perfect 6-0 preliminary record before losing in the semifinals to CSU Long Beach. Ram was named the 2nd speaker in varsity.

Finally, first years Tanzil Chowdhury and Elyse Kats earned a 5-1 preliminary record in the varsity division. They won all 3 of their elimination rounds to be crowned Champions in Varsity! Tanzil was also named the 7th place speaker.

Overall, ASU finished 2nd in Team Sweepstakes in speech and debate at the CSU Northridge tournament (total points awarded to all of a school's competitors)!

September 2016

Baby Jo Memorial Tournament, hosted by the University of Missouri, Kansas City - September 17-19
The ASU Forensics Team sent 6 debaters, including Senior Caleb Vinson, Junior Bren Ram, Sophomore Elana Quint, and Freshmen Elyse Kats, Tanzil Chowdhury, and Ryan Ferdowsian. The teams of Ferdowsian-Vinson and Chowdhury-Kats finished with 2 wins in the preliminary rounds. Teammates Ram and Quint amassed a 5-3 record in the eight preliminary debates, qualifying them for the elimination rounds. They finished in the top 20 out of 53 teams in the division, losing in the double-octafinals.

Bob Mukai Invitational Tournament, hosted by Weber State University - September 30-October 3
The ASU Forensics Team sent 8 debaters including Vinson, Ram, and Ferdowsian as well as Sophomores Sam Stoffer and Thomas Willis, and Freshmen Ryan Magel, Kayla Green, and Tarun Suresh. In the Open division, the team of Ram and Suresh accumulated a 5-3 record, qualifying for elimination rounds. In the double-octafinals, they defeated a team from Gonzaga University on a 2-1 decision by the judges. Ram and Suresh lost in the round of 16 teams, tying them for 9th out of a field of 50 teams. Also in the open division, Vinson/Ferdowsian finished with 2 wins in the eight preliminary rounds. In the Junior Varsity division, Stoffer and Willis had a 3-3 record, nearly qualifying for elimination rounds.

As a special note, the team of Bren Ram and Elana Quint was invited to compete in the 20th anniversary Val Browning Round Robin before the Mukai Invitational on September 28-29. The Round Robin was reserved for the top 9 teams attending the Mukai Invitational. 

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