Dorman Named All-American in Forensics

Published Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Southwest Minnesota State University senior Nick Dorman has been named to the All-American Team of the American Forensic Association’s National Individual Events Tournament.

The award was presented at the 2015 AFA National Individual Events Tournament hosted recently by Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. Dorman is the second SMSU student to ever earn this prestigious honor. Veronica Fischer achieved the designation in 2011.

Dorman was one of only 16 students in the nation selected for the team. He was selected from among the thousands of students who compete in intercollegiate speech activities nationwide. The award is based on a number of criteria, including competitive success, academic performance, character and community service. SMSU Director of Forensics Mark Fokken nominated Dorman for the award.

Dorman competed at the national competition in five events, including Informative Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, Communication Analysis, Prose Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation. These five events resulted in tying an SMSU record for the number of events qualified for at the national contest by a single student. Dorman is a senior Communication Studies and Chemistry major from Marshall, Minn.

The SMSU forensics team is coached by Mark Fokken and Benjamin Walker. The team is funded, in part, by the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee.