[Peoria, IL] For only the second time this year, the full-team traveled together! Debaters and speech competitors arrived at at Bradley University in Peoria, IL ready to perform one last time. Scott Placke (Director of Forensics), John Boyer (Assistant Director of Forensics), and Luisa Gunn (Assistant Debate Coach) spent the week getting the students ready to compete!

After FIVE grueling and rewarding days of competition, Lafayette placed several events into the elimination rounds! Four seniors gave their last performances this year at NFA.  Josh Hale advanced to the quarterfinals in debate and took home 5th speaker.  Together with fellow senior, Ben Herman, they finished 7th as a team in debate sweepstakes!  Jefrey Alexander advanced to the quarterfinal round in POI and the octofinal round in INFO!  Jefrey and senior Shirley Liu, helped power the IE team to 7th place in the President’s II division for the second straight year!  We love our seniors and will be very sad to see them graduate.

However, the future does look bright for Lafayette Forensics!  Miles Parker advanced to the octofinal round of Extemp, Natalia Ferruggia placed 2nd and 3rd in novice DI and novice prose, and Ben Risley finished 3rd in novice impromptu.

After a long national tournament, the students were excited to get back home and start preparing for next year.  Please follow our instagram for more updates!