P O W E L L, W y o. - Make it 20 straight for the Northwest College Forensics Team. That's the running total of how many community college tournament sweepstakes they've won back to back.
The team's latest triumph came Oct. 24-26 at the Al Johnson Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo. It was more than a victory. It was a resounding sweep of community college sweepstakes - Northwest placed first overall, first in individual events and first in debate. Among all 18 two- and four-year institutions competing, Northwest took third overall, second in individual events and fifth in debate.
NWC's team members stacked up lots of individual awards to push the team to such high marks. Powell's Davis Bonner, Ben Norberg and Danyon Satterlee scooped up six trophies alone. Bonner placed fourth in after dinner speaking; Norberg took second in duet interpretation (with Satterlee) and sixth in communication analysis; Satterlee added a second in prose, third in poetry, second in program oral interpretation on top of the duet interpretation silver with Norberg.
The only other Wyoming student in the winners' circle was Heather Ogle, who took fifth in impromptu speaking.
From Montana, Townsend's duo of Pam Garman and Tiffani Kennedy once again came home with an armful. Garman took thirds in impromptu speaking and communication analysis while Kennedy took second in persuasive speaking, third in after dinner speaking, fourth in communication analysis and sixth in informative speaking. Loraine Leslie of Miles City added a sixth in after dinner speaking to the Montana haul.
Cali Christensen of Moroni, Utah, placed second in communication analysis and sixth in persuasive speaking. Alex Stringer of Socorro, N.M., followed up with a sixth in prose interpretation.
On the debate side, the fourth, ninth, 14th and 19th place junior speaker awards went to Norberg, Garman, Bonner and Satterlee, respectively.
After breaking the 20-win barrier, the NWC forensics team will take a break from team competition to host the Trapper Rendezvous Tournament Nov. 7 and 8 in Powell.
The NWC Forensics Team is coached by Duane Fish, Jeannie Hunt and Fred Ebert.