Northwest College Forensics team members not only hosted the 47th annual Trapper Rendezvous speech and debate tournament Nov. 3-4, they claimed a few firsts as well.
Jeannie Hunt, assistant professor of speech communications at NWC and director of forensics, noted that the students competed successfully at their home meet, though host teams are ineligible to win sweepstakes at their own tournament.
In individual events, Dalen Brazelton of Worland claimed second place in prose and third in program oral interpretation. Dominic Damiano, also of Worland, took first in drama, first in program oral interpretation and second in duet with partner Trysa Flood of Lovell. Jared Lange of Rock Springs took fifth in after dinner speaking and fourth in informative speaking.
Additionally, CJ Day of Star Valley placed first in communication analysis and third in persuasion, while Flood took second in poetry. Isaabella Munoz of Worland partnered with Taylor Rempp of Harrison, Nebraska, to claim first in duet. Munoz also bested all competitors in prose and poetry events. Rempp also took second in communication analysis and fifth in informative speaking.
Jacinta Schneider of Powell placed sixth in poetry and informative speaking, and Emily Whitworth of Brattleboro, Vermont, took fifth in poetry and second in persuasion.
The tournament also presented positive results with Damiano and Flood teaming up to claim first in novice parliamentary debate; Lange and Whitworth pairing to earn second in novice parliamentary debate; Munoz and Brianna Heifner, of Colorado State University-Pueblo, claiming second in open parliamentary debate; as well as Day and Rempp taking first in open parliamentary debate.
In addition, Brazelton placed third in public debate, while Damiano earned fifth place speaker. Munoz took fourth place speaker, Rempp earned second place speaker, and Whitworth claimed first place novice speaker.
The Trappers, coached by Hunt and Bob Becker, assistant professor of speech communication, will be back on the road to compete in Rock Springs, Wyoming, Dec. 1-3.
For the full schedule, visit https://nwc.edu/sites/forensics and click the “Schedule & Results” link.