UNO Forensics placed 3rd overall at the 2008 Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association (NIFA) state tournament, held February 15th-17th at UNO. In addition to many final-round placings, two UNO competitors brought home state championship titles. Matt Eledge was the state champion in Prose Interpretation, and Buey Ruet won championship honors in Oratory. This award qualified Buey to compete at the 2008 Interstate Oratorical Association National Tournament in Madison, WI, which is the oldest speaking competition in the United States. This was the third consecutive year that Ruet earned one of two spots to compete among the top persuasive speakers in the nation.
Matt Eledge was also co-recipient of the annual Spirit of NIFA Award. This award, which celebrates leadership, competitive success, and professionalism, is awarded to two Nebraska competitors each spring by the Nebraska forensics coaches. This year the award was given to Matt, as well as Cassy Blakely, a senior competitor from Doane College