Luther College Forensics Speech and Debate team competed in the Novice National Tournament at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, on March 14-16, placing fourth overall in Division 1.
Members of the forensic team competing in the tournament include Luther juniors Jordy Barry, Jake Putnam and Ruonan Caroline Zheng, sophomores, Max Kemp, Jason Leuthold and Shelly Yao, and first-years Zach Schroeder, Sarah Sturm and Lyndsey Wycoff.
At Novice Nationals, Barry won first place in Extemporaneous Speaking. The final question posed to her was "What should the United States do to aid the African continent?" Her answer gave Barry the win and made her the national title-holder which advanced her to the National Forensics Association National Tournament hosted April 18-21 by Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Barry also placed second in Parliamentary Debate Speak Awards and second along with Sturm in Parliamentary Debate, where their final policy debate topic was "Should the Golden Rule be applied to global commerce?"
Other place-winners at Novice Nationals include Leuthold who placed third in Program Oral Interpretation and Putnam who placed fourth in Program Oral Interpretation The placements are based on the scores of individual pieces presented throughout the tournament.
Leuthold's presentations included "Manly Man" by Bradley Hathaway, "10 Responses to the Phrase 'Man Up'" by Guante, "Masculinity: Where Men Segregate Each Other" by Jonathon Diener, the "Overly Manly Man" Twitter account and "I'm Still a Guy" by Brad Paisley.
Putnam's presentations included the drama "I'm a Millennial and I'm sorry" by Steven Parkhurst; the prose "To This Day" by Shane Koyczan; the poetry "Teenagers" by Tim Minchin, "Teenagers" by Gerard Way, and parenting advice found on the website parentingteens.com.