NFA 2012 National Results!

The University of Texas Speech Team travelled to Athens, Ohio, for the National Forensics Association national contest, hosted by Ohio University from April 19-23, 2012. Following up on a phenomenal AFA performance, the team also had its best performance to date at the NFA contest.

While historically, the University of Texas has been primarily associated with the American Forensic Association, Texas Speech first attended the NFA tournament in 2004, with student Ben Robin representing the University of Texas there for the first time in honor of the late Eddie Myers, previously the tournament director for the NFA and a great friend of the UT Speech Program. Attending the tournament by himself, Ben was recognized by winning first place in the President’s Division III small schools sweepstakes. Since that first visit, UT students have been awarded national titles 7 times at the contest, with UT Senior William Igbokwe as the recipient of the 2012 national title in Persuasive Speaking.

A complete list of awards for 2012 is included below:

3rd place Open Division Sweepstakes

National Champion, Persuasive Speaking: William Igbokwe

12th place Pentath (Overall Speaker): Christy Liu

National Finalists:

6th place, Prose Interpretation: Melissa Lamb

4th place, Editorial Impromptu: Kevin Chiu

5th place, After Dinner Speaking: William Igbokwe

3rd place, Rhetorical Criticism: Christy Liu

6th place, Informative Speaking: Kile Akerman


National Semi-Finalists (top 12 nationally):

Kile Akerman, Prose Interpretation

William Igbokwe, Extemporaneous Speaking

Christy Liu, Extemporaneous Speaking

Nathan Rarick, After Dinner Speaking

Kevin Giffin, Dramatic Interpretation

Kile Akerman, Persuasive Speaking

Christy Liu, Informative Speaking

Christy Liu, Impromptu Speaking


National Quarter-Finalists (top 24 nationally):

William Igbokwe, Impromptu Speaking

Matt King, Informative Speaking

Kile Akerman, Dramatic Interpretation

Taylor Adams, Prose Interpretation

Austin Witherspoon, Prose Interpretation

David Wang, Extemporaneous Speaking

Jaime Garcia, Extemporaneous Speaking

Daniel Hatoum, Extemporaneous Speaking

Nathan Rarick, Informative Speaking

Jaime Garcia, Impromptu Speaking

Alex Hatoum, Impromptu Speaking

Melissa Lamb & Jeremy Vandermause, Duo Interpretation

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