Ball State Speech Team Finishes 6th at NFA National Championship Tournament

For the 6th year in a row, the team placed in the top ten schools at the National Forensic Association National Tournament.

The team was lead by co-captain Mariann Fant, who was the National Champion in Rhetorical Criticism, and co-captain Dayna Arnett, who placed 3rd in Persuasive Speaking. Of the team’s 60 individual entries, BSU was able to advance 25 to elimination rounds, including one national title, two national finals, two semifinals, four quarterfinals, 13 octafinals, and three novice finals, including a novice championship.
We are proud to report the following students’ individual accomplishments:

Dayna Arnett, a senior from Elkhart:
3rd Place in Persuasive Speaking
Quarterfinalist in Rhetorical Criticism
Octafinalist in Extemporaneous Speaking
Octafinalist in Dramatic Interpretation
Mariann Fant, a sophomore from Columbus:
National Champion in Rhetorical Criticism:
Semifinalist in Poetry Interpretation
Quarterfinalist in Informative Speaking
Octafinalist in After Dinner Speaking

Ethan Gomez, a sophomore from St. John:
National Runner Up in Novice Dramatic Interpretation
4th Place in Novice Poetry Interpretation

Cade Heaton, a sophomore from Jasper:
5th place in Impromptu Speaking

Levi Jones, a freshman from Portage, MI:
Quarterfinalist in Informative Speaking

Zoe Lawson, a freshman from St. Louis, MO:
Quarterfinalist in Impromptu Speaking
Octafinalist in Extemporaneous Speaking
Octafinalist in Persuasive Speaking

Marissa Lockhart, a freshman from Milwaukee, WI:
National Champion in Novice Poetry Interpretation
Octafinalist in Prose Interpretation

Megan Melton, a senior from Indianapolis:
Octafinalist in Poetry Interpretation

Riley Poynter, a sophomore from Noblesville:
Octafinalist in After Dinner Speaking

Jess Ratel-Khan, a junior from Chesterton:
Octafinalist in Extemporanous Speaking
Octafinalist in Rhetorical Criticism

Gabe Rudolph, a junior from Indianapolis:
Octafinalist in Persuasive Speaking
Octafinalist in Poetry Interpretation

Lily Schwab, a sophomore from Noblesville:
Semifinalist in Dramatic Interpretation
Octafinalist in Poetry Interpretation

Representing BSU in Preliminary Rounds:
Rachel Brooks, a sophomore from Byron, IL
Sarah Martin, a sophomore from Greensburg
The team is coached by Director Mary Moore, Assistant Director Ashley Coker, Assistant Coach Mike Storr, and Graduate Assistants Keegan Bosch, Spencer Coile, Berkley Conner, Huy Pham, and Casey Sabella.