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CSU-Pueblo Forensics Teams Takes second at Missouri Classic

Release Date: February 17, 2017

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo


Press Release

PUEBLO –  While the Colorado State University-Pueblo Forensics Team is gearing up to host the national tournament on campus March 19-21, it found time to grab second place at the Missouri Classic, held at the University of Missouri on February 11-12.

The tournament was one of the largest competitions of the season, featuring 13 different colleges from states across the country. Senior Eliana Taylor, Longmont, and sophomore Max Groznik, Portland OR, finished 4-3 in their preliminary rounds, with wins against Missouri Western State University, Carleton College, Texas Tech University, and William Jewell College.

The team won four straight elimination rounds to find themselves in the final round of competition, debating the topic, “The United States Federal Government should impose term limits for congressional members.” Defending the negative side of the topic, the team lost on a 2-1 decision to Washburn University in what Forensics Coach Kathryn Starkey calls “the team’s best performance of the season.”

Sophomore Brianna Heifner, Canon City, and freshman Melodie Lamborn, Canon City, finished with a 3-4 record, barely missing elimination rounds.

In addition to team rankings and competition, debaters are ranked individually by their judges. At the awards ceremony, Groznik finished 5th among 80 debaters, and Taylor finished 13th.

The team will travel to the Western States Communication Association Forensics Tournament at the University of Utah before hosting the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence in the comfort of home on the CSU-Pueblo campus March 19-21.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is committed to excellence, setting the standard for regional comprehensive universities in teaching, research, and service by providing leadership and access for its region, while maintaining its commitment to diversity.

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