The Suffolk University forensics team captured the 2016 Northeast Regional championship at a tournament hosted on campus.

The students, who debated a range of issues including the wage gap, bio-prospecting of natural resources, media sensationalism of gun violence and genetically-modified food, won awards in impromptu speaking, poetry interpretation, oral interpretation, dramatic duo and a speaker award in the Lincoln-Douglas debate event.

Senior team member Kristen Hyle also earned the title best persuasive speaker in the state.

“The Suffolk team has been working hard all year to perfect their individual speaking events,” said Director of Forensics Jodi Nevola, who also teaches in the Communication & Journalism department. “We have competed in seven tournaments around the country this season, and that really put us in a wonderful position to win the regional title.”

Nine schools participated in the tournament including Emerson College, Tufts University, Bridgewater State University, Ithaca College and St. Anselm College.

The forensics team will compete in the national championship at the University of Louisiana Lafayette March 11-13.

“This crew is capable of great things,” said Nevola.