speech studentsSpeech and hearing sciences students from WSU and EWU finished in second place this month at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s knowledge bowl competition in Los Angeles.

The team—made up of WSU and EWU students from the University Programs in Communications Disorders (UPCD)—finished just .41 points behind the team from the University of Iowa, which is U.S. News and World Report’s top-rated communication sciences and disorders program in the country.

One team member shared her excitement for the second-place finish.

“It’s been a great morale booster for all of us as we look forward to taking our national board exam this spring,” said WSU student Sarita Thotakat. “It just goes to show that we have such hardworking and truly invested professors in the speech and hearing sciences department who care about the success and prosperity of their students.”

Other schools represented were:

  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Calvin College
  • Chapman University
  • LIU, Brooklyn
  • San Diego State University
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • SUNY Plattsburgh

Photo – Top Row, L-R: Lacy Hefley (EWU), Sarita Thotakat (WSU); Bottom Row, L-R: Rachel Verdun (EWU), Jennifer Owens (EWU), Tiana Bennett (WSU)