The Saginaw Valley State University forensics team earned a first-place finish during a Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League competition at Oakland Community College Friday, Sept. 22.
In individual competition, Jayla Gaskins, a communication major from Detroit, was the No. 1 performer in the dramatic interpretation category.
Four other SVSU students placed within the top four during other individual competitions. Those students include the following:
• Jrew Brickel, a criminal justice major from Midland, earned a second-place finish in the impromptu category.
• Andrea Garner, a communication major from Inkster, received a second-place finish in the dramatic interpretation category.
• Kelley Gray, a communication major from Sandusky, earned a fourth-place finish in the impromptu category.
• Tiler Jewell, a creative writing major from Essexville, received a second-place finish in the informative category.
SVSU has built its forensics program around an empowering team culture since being established in 2001. Amy Pierce, associate professor of communication, serves as the team's advisor.
At a forensics competition, students engage in public speaking events in a number of categories.