Texas State speech team wins NFA national title

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
April 20, 2011

The Elton Abernathy Forensics Society, the competitive speech team at Texas State University-San Marcos, won the President’s III Division at the National Forensics Association’s (NFA) National Tournament, April 15-18, at Illinois State University.

Other top 10 finishers included second-place Hastings College, Neb., fourth-place University of Mississippi, and seventh-place University of Wisconsin. This is the first NFA title for Texas State.

NFA classifies schools in three divisions depending on the number of entries a school has entered in the tournament. President’s III Division included schools with 1-14 entries.

Individuals who advanced to the elimination rounds at the tournament included Samin Agha, a senior political science major from Houston, who made the sweet sixteen round in Lincoln-Douglas debate and quarter-finals in extemporaneous speaking; Brandon McCasland, a senior communication studies major from Bay City, a national semi-finalist in dramatic interpretation; and Jaysin Spradley, a senior communication studies major from Boling, national quarter-finalist in dramatic interpretation.

For more information, contact Wayne Kraemer at (512) 245-2331.