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NIU grad students win College Bowl

March 4, 2021

Emma Colby doesn’t shy away from a friendly competition. So when the Speech-Language Pathology grad student was asked to be part of NIU’s College Bowl team, she didn’t hesitate.

“I love a good trivia event, so this was right up my alley,” said Colby, who is pursuing a master’s degree in Communicative Disorders. “Our team was very into it which made it all the more fun.”

The team of Colby and fellow graduate students Junilane Lusung, Kimberly Rogers and Emily Domabyl  took top honors in the 12th annual Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA) College Bowl held virtually on Feb. 5.

Students from colleges and universities across the state participated in the virtual competition which challenged their knowledge on subject areas involving normal development and disorders including articulation, phonology, language, stuttering, voice, hearing and swallowing.

“The facilitators did a good job making it feel fun and celebratory even though the event was virtual,” Colby said. “I think events like this offer a sense of camaraderie, and it was fun to get to represent NIU and challenge our knowledge as a team.”

It was equally fun for NIU speech-language pathology faculty members, who were texting each other while watching the students compete online.

“We were all so proud of our students, who managed to stay in the lead in six of the seven rounds of questions, consistently answering accurately throughout the competition and ultimately winning,” said Allison Gladfelter, assistant professor, Speech-Language Pathology. “It was certainly one of the most fun Friday nights that I’ve had since the pandemic hit.”

For their efforts, the NIU winning team received free Praxis exam registration and a traveling trophy.

Learn more about the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders.