Black Hills State University forensics team had a successful season of intercollegiate tournament competition.

Three BHSU students competed in the team’s first tournament held at Casper College in Wyoming in early October. Melissa Rogers, senior English major from Timber Lake, earned a second place trophy in the speech to entertain category at the Pioneer Trails Forensics Tournament. Amanda Rule, a sophomore political science major from Rapid City, and Brittney Seitz, a sophomore political science major from Black Hawk advanced to quarterfinals in novice parliamentary debate. Rule earned seventh speaker overall in judge rankings for novice parliamentary debate. All BHSU competitors advanced to a final round.

Then during the Oct. 16 BHSU-hosted debate scrimmage with South Dakota Schools of Mines & Technology, Rule and Nicole Faas, freshman political science major from Rapid City, only lost one round on a split decision.

BHSU also placed well at The Trapper Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament at Northwest College, Powell, Wyo., held Nov. 4-7. Rogers earned two first-place finishes; one in after dinner speaking and one in program oral competition. Rogers also earned a third place in dramatic interpretation and a third place in dramatic duo with Andrea Haugen, senior English major from Fargo, N.D. The Trapper Invitational was Haugen’s first tournament.

Aside from intercollegiate competition, the BHSU forensic team also participates in non-tournament competition, and hosts debate challenges on campus. For more information about the BHSU forensics program or to get involved, contact forensics advisor, Ryan Clark, at 642-6283 or email Ryan.Clark@BHSU.edu.