Nick Dorman '15
Outstanding Senior Award

The selection committee reports that this year was especially difficult to choose a winner, given the number of outstanding, and deserving, nominees.

This year’s Outstanding Senior had distinguished himself in the classroom and out, and has leadership qualities well beyond his years. A Chemistry and Communication Studies double major, he carries a 3.88 grade point average. He has a 4.0 GPA in his Communication Studies major.


Today’s honoree is one of the most decorated forensic participants in University history, and someone who, according to his professors, has the ability to raise the discussion level in the classes he takes.


This year’s Outstanding Senior:

• Led the team to this year’s Minnesota State Tournament championship, qualifying for finals in all five of his events;

• Was one of two forensics students from Minnesota to compete in the Interstate Oratorical Association Contest, the most elite and oldest speaking competition in the country;

• Was one of 16 forensics participants from across the nation to be named All-American at the American Forensics Association national tournament; and

• Was selected by his peers to be the Region 4 student representative


Our Outstanding Senior has been Forensics president twice, and besides helping at Marshall High School as a speech coach, assists the novice SMSU forensics members throughout the year. His patience and expertise have raised the level of competition of all team members and helped secure the program’s future at the university.


He is active in the Chemistry Club, assisting with reaction shows, outreach trips to elementary schools and attending national chemistry society conventions.


Hard work and natural talent have gotten our Outstanding Senior to this point. He works in the pharmacy at Hy-Vee, and in the scheduling office at SMSU.


When this year’s Outstanding Senior was giving a talk at President Connie Gore’s Inauguration, MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone leaned over to an SMSU faculty member and said, “You must be very proud of that young man. I wish we could clone him.”