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Tinlin earns national speech title with Bradley University

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Ryan TinlinThe Bradley University speech team continues to rack up forensic championships, and 2009 Carrollton High School graduate Ryan Tinlin is one of the reasons. 

Tinlin, a senior at the Peoria, IL, campus says, “No one person wins nationals, it is always a group effort from the collective.”

The team won the American Forensic Association (AFA) national title as well as the National Forensic Association (NFA) title in 2012 and recently repeated the fete in 2013.

Just before the AFA finals, Tinlin sent a text message to his parents, “I would love for you guys to come see either AFA or NFA; NFA would be best, its closer and will be my last performances, ever.”

So, Ryan’s parents, Charlie and Karen Tinlin of Dellroy, and Ryan’s younger brother, Zac (a senior at CHS) made the trip to Marshall University in Huntington, WV, the weekend of April 20 to watch him compete in the NFA finals.  They were not disappointed!

Tinlin took nine speeches to his final collegiate forensic tournament, NFA, in Huntington.  Ryan qualified seven events in the quarterfinals, and when the quarter- and semi- final rounds were completed, Ryan qualified five of them into the final round. (Bradley University took 23 events into the finals.)

“Its organized chaos,” said Tinlin’s father.  “They ‘drop’ the standings down on scrolls, and you watch as the kids (coaches, parents, teammates) look to see if their performance was good enough to advance to the next round.  It’s really intense.”

It started at 8 a.m. with the quarter-finals (QF) announcement of the AB group.  Participants go perform, then come back and wait for the next drop of CD group, then do the same again for semi-finals, and ditto for the final round.  It’s non-stop until everyone is finished.

In the finals, Tinlin would compete and be excused to his next performance. “There were times in the QF, SF and even finals where he would not get to see any of the competitors in the category perform because he was off to the next one,” said Tinlin’s father, “It was amazing to watch the energy that all of these kids put into their performances.”

Tinlin earned first place in the Informative category; fourth place in Prose; third place in After Dinner Speaking; sixth in Rhetorical Criticism; and fifth in Duo w/Justin Restaino. There were six participants in each final round.

In overall individual points awarded to each participant, Tinlin finished with 106 points, which was good enough for fourth place individual. Bradley speakers swept the top five honors to earn the team championship.

The win marked Bradley’s second consecutive NFA title (they also won their second consecutive AFA tournament at Hutchinson Community College, just outside Kansas City, KS, two weeks earlier).  With the win, Bradley University has 41 national team championships, which accounts for about 58% of the 71 national team championships that have been awarded since college forensic tournaments (AFA and NFA) began.

 “That’s more national titles than any school in the country has earned in basketball, football and baseball combined,” Tinlin said.

“My Informative speech was about the various adaptations that fuel belief in humans,” he said.  “And ultimately how our opinions are far from certain fact. Our brains aren’t designed to be changed by evidence but by empathy and discourse.”

Tinlin also noted, “I’ve competed in 13 finals at national tournaments since I got to Bradley, and I finally got a National Championship!”
“I plan to continue my education after graduation this spring. Ultimately, I want to be a college professor of psychology,” he concluded.

Tinlin might be graduating from Bradley, but Ryan’s brother Zac, affectionately known already by the speech team, as Min-Tin, has been accepted at Bradley University and he plans on following in his big brothers foot steps.

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