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1984 - present

A SELECTED LIST

Selected List of Forensics Tournament Honors:

Competing in tournaments is the central mission of a Forensics program; therefore, tournament results are the most ideal evaluation instruments for assessing the quality of any Forensics program. Over recent years, UTEP Forensics has maintained its fine record of winning honors, trophies, and sweepstakes in yearly totals high enough to prohibit their enumeration here. The most prestigious of these achievements are the State, Regional, and National titles which have brought widespread honor and recognition to our program and to our university. The list below is limited to only the last few years and cites only extremely high achievements in order to provide the committee with an adequate sample without undue information overload.
National Honors

2004 PI KAPPA DELTA NATIONAL COLLEGIATE HONORARY TOURNAMENT
Jan. 22-26, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS SWEEPSTAKES

OVERALL SWEEPSTAKES (DEBATE, IE)
5th Place in the nation, UTEP

6th Place in the nation, UTEP


INDIVIDUAL EVENTS:
Dramatic Interpretation National 1st Place, Daniel Rosales

Rosales, a Senior Communication major, took 1st place in the nation with rare "picket fence" ballots in the final round. All judges gave him 1st place rank, with perfect 25 out of 25 points rate. This is quite unusual, and indicates that Rosales' performance was unanimously judged to be 1st in the nation.
Prose Interpretation National 1st Place, Jackie Ochoa
Prose Interpretation National 3rd Place, Daniel Rosales
Dramatic Duo Interpretation National 2nd Place, N. Ayala & J. Ochoa
Poetry Interpretation National 1st Place, Jackie Ochoa
Poetry Interpretation National 3rd Place, Michelle Blanks
Debate National Quarterfinals Trophy
Robert Lara & MIchael McGee
Junior Division NPDA
(National Parliamentary Debate Association)
2004 Multiple National Tournament Qualifications:

2 UTEP students qualified for 3 FAF-NIET National Tournament slots, April 2003.

Multiple qualifications, NFA National Tournaments
(Will not attend re-fund shortage

Multiple qualifications, National Novice Tournament and NPDA National Tournament
(Will not attend re-fund shortage

AFA-NIET NATIONAL INDIVIDUAL EVENTS TOURNAMENT

Recent AFA-NIET National Championship Honors:

University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
April 4-7, 2003

Individual National Honors:
Daniel Rosales, AFA-NIET 16th in the Nation, Dramatic Interpretation

Excerpt from Press Release:
"Junior Communication major Daniel Rosales placed 16th in the nation in Dramatic Interpretation, out of 138 competing in Dramatic Interpretation. This is his second year in a row to take a quarterfinals trophy at AFA-NIET; in 2002 Rosales was a national quarterfinals in Dramatic Duo Interpretation with his partner, Azuri Gonzalez."

2003 Multiple National Tournament Qualifications:
Five UTEP students qualified for 12 AFA-NIET slots, and 3 alternate slots won.
Multiple qualifications, NFA National Tournament (did not atend re-fund shortage)
Multiple qualifications, PKD National Tournament (did not atend re-fund shortage)
UTEP was qualified to enter debaters in the NPDA National Tournament, but did not even consider attending due to the shortage of funds.
Past AFA-NIET National Titles Won by UTEP
Listed in chronological order
16th Place
32rd Place
12th Place
16th Place
21st Place
7th Place
12th Place
6th Place
Quarterfinalist
Quarterfinalist
Quarterfinalist
Quarterfinalist
Quarterfinalist
Quarterfinalist
5th Place
2nd Place
Semifinalist
Dramatic Interpretation, Rosales, 2003
Dramatic Duo, Rosales & Gonzalez, 2002
Informative Speaking, Lopez, 2001
Extemporaneous Speaking, Vasquez, 2001
Communication Analysis, Brown, 2001
Poetry Interpretation, Minnich, 1996
Program Oral Interpretation, Minnich, 1995
Dramatic Interpretation, Magni, 1994
Poetry interpretation, Magni, 1994
Program Oral Interpretation, Melanson, 1994
Duo Interpretation, Magni/Melanson, 1994
Duo Interpretation, Magni/Medina, 1993
Poetry Interpretation, Magni, 1993
Prose Interpretation, Magni, 1993
Dramatic Interpretation, Medina, 1992
Extemporaneous Speaking, Cummings, 1990
Extemporaneous Speaking, Cummings, 1989

PI KAPPA DELTA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Note: UTEP Forensics was forced to cancel it's plans to attend the PKD championship held every other year (in March 2003, March 2001, March 1999 and March 1997) because of a shortage of travel funds. Please note that in 1993, UTEP won three 1st place national championships and took 4th Place in the National Sweepstakes.
UTEP should have money to attend this national tournament consistently.
6th Place
14th Place

1st Place
1st Place
1st Place
2nd Place
2nd Place
2nd Place
4th Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
Quarterfinalist
Persuasive Speaking, Gortner, 1995
Impromtu Speaking, Gortner, 1995
Elected PKD Ambassador, Gortner, 1995
Duo Interpretation, Magni / medina, 1993
Imprompty Speaking, Magni, 1993
Dramatic Interpretaiton, Medina, 1993
Dramatic Interpretation, Armendariz, 1993
Prose Interpretation, Tied: Magni, 1993
Prose Interpretation, Tied: Medina, 1993
Nation Team Sweepstakes, Individual Events, 1993
Impromptu Speaking, Cummings, 1985
Poetry Interpretation, Wiesenthal, 1985
CEDA Debate, Crain / Napoles, 1985
Regional Championship Honors:

This list includes titles woon in out dominant regional organization, the
AFA-NIET DISTRICT IX ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
(Although many honors have been won, only 1st and 2nd place Regional Championships won in discrete events before 2002 are listed; the 2003 and 2003 lists are complete here. This list is restricted to just the last few years.

Excerpt from press release:
"UTEP won 16 trophies and honors this weekend at the AFA-NIET District IX Rocky Mountain Qualifying tournament held on the ASU campus in Tempe, AZ this weekend (Feb 28-March 22003)."

Students qualified for the AFA-NIET National Tournament, Oxford, Mississippi, April 4-8, 2003 are: Amanda Vasquez, Daniel Rosales, Azuri Gonzalez, Nieves Ayala, Manuel Duran. Daniel Gomez is a 1st alternate in Extemp; Michael Draper is a 2nd alternate in persuasive."

2003 AFA-NIET DISTRICT IX ROCKY MOUNTAIN
QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT DETAILED RESULTS:

1ST Place, Extemporaneous Speaking Amanda Vasquez**
**District IX Extemporaneous Speaking Champion 2 years in a row!
2nd Place, Persuasive Speaking
3rd Place, Prose Interpretation
3rd Place, Program Oral Interpretation
4th Place, Dramatic Duo Interpretation
6th Place, Impromptu Speaking
6th Place, Persuasive Speaking
6th Place, Informative Speaking
7th Place, Informative Speaking
Amanda Vasquez
Daniel Rosales
Daniel Rosales
Nieves Ayala & Manuel Duran
Manuel Duran (2nd alternate)
Michael Draper (2nd alternate)
Daniel Gomez
Cecilia Ayala

Receiving At-Large National Qualifier Trophies:
Azuri Gonzalez
Daniel Rosales
Daniel Rosales
Amanda Vasquez
Amanda Vasquez
Amanda Vasquez
Duo with Rosales
Duo with Gonzalez
Dramatic Interpretation
Impromptu Speaking
Informative Speaking
Communication Analysis

2002 AFA-NIET DISTRICT IX ROCKY MOUNTAIN
QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT DETAILED RESULTS:

1st Place, Regional Champion, Informative Script Writing
1st Place, Regional Champion, Persuasive Script Writing
1st Place, Regional Champion, Persuasive Speaking
2nd Place, Regional Champion, Informative Speaking
Karen Lopez
1st Place Regional Champion, Extemporaneous Speaking Amanda Vasquez
4th Place Regional Champion, Extemporaneous Speaking
At Large Quialifier Trophies in:
-Impromptu Speaking
-Informative Speaking
-Communication Analysis
Javier Lopez
2nd Place Regional Champion, Poetry Interpretation
1st alternate, Program Oral Interpretation
At Large Quialifier Trophies in:
-Dramatic Duo with Gonzalez
-Prose Interpretation
-Dramatic Interpretation
Daniel Rosales
2nd Place, Regional Champion, Program Oral Interpretation
At Large Qualifier Trophy in:
Dramatic Duo with Rosales
Azuri Gonzalez
4th Place, Regional Champion, Communication Analysis Cynthia Guardado
2nd alternate, Dramatic Interpretation Erica Lucatero

2001 AFA-NIET DISTRICT IX ROCKY MOUNTAIN
REGIONAL TITLES - 1ST & 2ND PLACES ONLY:

1st Place, Regional Champion, ADS Script Writing
1st Place, Regional Champion, Impromptu Speaking
2nd Place, Regional Champion, Communication Analysis
Javier Lopez
1st Place, Regional Champion, Duo with Rosales
2nd Place, Regional Champion, Communication Analysis
Tanya Byrne
1st Place, Regional Champion, Duo with Byrne
Daniel Rosales

Past 1st and 2nd Place Regional Titles:

1999-2000 AFA-NIET DISTRICT IX ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP

Rocky Mountain 1st Place Champion, Impromptu
Rocky Mountain 1st Place Champion, Informative

1998-1999 AFA-NIET DISTRICT IX ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP
Rocky Mountain 1st Place Champion, Impromptu
Rocky Mountain 1st Place Champion, Communication Analysis
Rocky Mountain 1st Place Champion, Program Oral Interpretation
Rocky Mountain 1st Place Champion, Prose Interpretation
Rocky Mountain 1st Place Champion, Script Writing Award
Rocky Mountain 2nd Place Champion, After Dinner Speaking

More Past Regional 1st and 2nd Place Titles:
1st Place, Regional Championship, 1998-1999
1st Place, Regional Championship, 1998-1999
1st Place, Regional Championship, 1998-1999
2nd Place, Regional Championship, 1998-1999
2nd Place, Regional Championship, 1997-1998
2nd Place, Regional Championship, 1997-1998
1st Place, Regional Championship, 1996-1997
2nd Place, Regional Championship, 1994-1995
2nd Place, Regional Championship, 1993-1994
1st Place, Regional Championship, 1992-1993
2nd Place, Regional Championship, 1992-1993
1st Place, Regional Championship, 1991-1992
STATE HONORS

(Although Multiple honors have been won, only 1st and 2nd place State Championships won in the last few years are listed here.)
Note: UTEP Forensics has been forced to cancel its plans to attend this Texas State Championship often, including most recently in 2003, 2001 and 2000, because of shortage of travel funds.

TEXAS INTERCOLLEGIATE FORENSICS ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIP
STATE TITLES - 1ST & 2ND PLACES ONLY:

1st Place, Novice Persuasive Speaking
1st Place, Novice Program Oral Interpretation
2nd Place, Informative Speaking
1st Place, Dramatic Interpretation
1st Place, Prose Interpretation
1st Place, Duo Interpretation
1st Place, Overall I.E. Sweepstakes
1st Place, Prose Interpretation
2nd Place, Poetry Interpretation
2nd Place,Individual Sweepstakes,
1st Place, Novice CEDA Debate
2nd Place, Persuasive Speaking
1st Place, Impromptu Speaking
2nd Place, Duo Interpretation
2nd Place, Open CEDA Debate
2nd Place, Dramatic Interpretation
2nd Place, Individual Sweepstakes
1st Place, Extemporaneous Speaking
1st Place, Dramatic Interpretation
2nd Place, Impromptu Speaking
2nd Place, Novice CEDA Debate
1st Place, Extemporaneous Speaking
Lopez, 2002
Gonzalez, 2002
Veach, 1999
Del Valle, 1998
Minnich, 1997
Minnich / Nunez, 1997
UTEP, 1997
Minnich, 1996
Minnich, 1996
Minnich, 1996
Sanchez / Sims, 1996
Shriki, 1994-1995
Magni, 1993-1994
Magni / Melanson, 1993-1994
Shriki / Carter, 1993-1994
Melanson, 1993-1994
Magni, 1993-1994
Cummings, 1990-1991
Medina, 1990-1991
Cummings, 1990-1991
Garcia / Hernandez, 1990-1991
Cummings, 1989-1990
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