NNU Speech and Debate Team Takes Honors

October 7, 2009, 9:21 am

Northwest Nazarene University speech and debate team started their season strong by placing second at the first tournament of the season held at College of Southern Idaho.

Rachel Allen, Nampa, Idaho; Allison Hawn, Eagle, Idaho; Heather White, Hillsboro, Ore.; Heather Pruett, Nampa, Idaho; and Dominic Bernamonti, Meridian, Idaho competed against teams from Idaho and Utah, and although NNU was the smallest team at the tournament, they stole four first-place awards out of the ten speech events.  All events were senior varsity division.

Rachel Allen took first place in both Programmed Oral Interpretation and Prose Interpretation; Allison Hawn received first place in Impromptu Speaking; Heather White was awarded first place in After Dinner Speaking; Dominic Bernamonti earned ninth place in Impromptu Speaking; and Heather Pruett finished in fourth place in Poetry Interpretation and sixth place in Programmed Oral Interpretation.

NNU was honored with the second place team sweepstakes award.  Professor Adamson, assistant professor in communication studies and the director of NNU forensics stated, “I am very proud of our students.  We were the smallest team there and we won four out of the ten individual events.  That was a great accomplishment.  This tournament was a great season opener because it gives an opportunity to get our speeches out there to get good feedback if changes need to be made. We not only won four first places, but we had some personal bests as well.  There were victories for everyone.”

Competition will continue at the next tournament located at Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore., November 19-22.  For more information, contact Professor Adamson at

Northwest Nazarene University, a Christian comprehensive university, offers over 60 areas of study, master’s degree programs in eleven disciplines, accelerated degree programs, concurrent credit for high school students, and a variety of continuing education credits. In addition to its 85-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs online as well as in Boise, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, and in cooperation with programs in 10 countries. Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 10,000 continuing education students, and 1,900 high school students through the concurrent credit program.

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