Visser leads Jacks at forensics tournament


BROOKINGS – South Dakota State University student Loren Visser was the Jackrabbits’ top individual place-winner at the Jackrabbits Forensics Alumni Tournament, held Oct. 13 in the Bailey Rotunda.

Visser, a junior German education major from Brookings, placed third in informative speaking. SDSU’s Cameron Schroeder and Jillian DeBoer also finished third in duo speaking. Schroeder is a senior speech education major from Huron while DeBoer is a sophomore aviation major from Ashton, Iowa.

The Jackrabbits Alumni Tournament featured 19 teams and 90 competitors. SDSU alumni handled judging, tournament management and preparations and sponsored trophies.

“We really appreciated the alumni coming out to support our tournament,” said Andrea Carlisle, who coaches the Jackrabbits forensics team. “This tournament, and the Jackrabbits Joust held the day before, provided some opportunities to work on our events as we look forward to continuing the success shown last year.”

Also placing for SDSU were:

• Taylor Gilmore, a senior dairy science major from Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, fourth, persuasive speaking; sixth, impromptu speaking; and

• Keri Pappas, a junior majoring in human biology from Groton, sixth, after-dinner speaking.

South Dakota State, which had 10 students qualify in 22 events at 2019’s two national meets, closes its fall semester schedule with competitions in Illinois and Nebraska.

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