Forensics team wins state title

BGSU has captured the Ohio Forensics Association State Championship for the first time in 35 years.

On Feb. 17 and 18, seven BGSU students competed in the Varsity State Tournament hosted at Kent State University against students from Cedarville University, Ohio State, Ohio University, Muskingum College and the University of Cincinnati. They took the championship for the first time since 1971, placed fourth in debate and earned 21 individual awards.

The state title is determined by combining the scores of the Novice State Tournament held recently at Ohio State and those of the Varsity State Tournament. Unlimited entrants are allowed at the Novice Tournament, where BGSU took second place. A university may send only its best two competitors in each of the 11 individual events to the Varsity Tournament. 

BGSU placed fourth in debate and earned 21 individual awards at the Varsity Tournament, including three individual state championships. 

Individual champions included Michelle Baker, a junior from Loudonville, who took first place in communication analysis, and Kenny Rogers, a sophomore from Peoria, Ill., who won first place in both after-dinner speaking and dramatic interpretation.

This was the first state title for BGSU forensics director Paul Wesley Alday in his 18-year coaching career. He and volunteer alumni coach Tony Wise traveled with the team.

Bowling Green's forensics program is a co-curricular, competitive team offered through the Department of Theatre and Film to any undergraduate student in good academic standing. The forensics team and Pi Kappa Delta forensics honor society are among the oldest organizations on campus. For more information, visit
February 27, 2006