Friday, October 29, 2010

Young SBU Speech and Debate Team Brings Home 17 Awards

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – The Southwest Baptist University speech and debate team saw its first action of the 2010-2011 season Oct. 1-2 at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark. SBU was represented by a team of six students, most of whom were new to intercollegiate forensics. Despite their youth, the team brought home seventeen awards in both speech and debate and finished in fourth place in the overall sweepstakes standings.

“These results confirm our confidence in the potential of this very young team,” said Dr. David Bailey, director of forensics. “We look forward to their future endeavors as they improve upon their craft.”

Senior Jordan Hart (Lamar Mo.)  was crowned tournament champion in International Public Debate. He also received top honors in Pentathlon (an event that measures a student’s overall contribution to his or her team by considering their placement in each individual event.) Aside from winning the tournament’s pentathlon competition, he was also the second place speaker in Public Debate. In the remainder of his individual speech events, Jordan took home second place in Communication Analysis, Persuasive Speaking, and Impromptu Speaking while finishing third in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Although this was her first experience in intercollegiate forensics competition, senior Lauren Potts (Ventura, Calif.) was the first place speaker in novice International Public Debate. She also came home with a sixth place finish in Prose Interpretation and the “Top Novice” award in Program of Oral Interpretation.

Junior Chelsea Turner (Sedalia, Mo.) reached the Octafinals of International Public Debate. Freshman Matt Adams (Firestone, Colo.) finished in sixth place in novice Extemporaneous Speaking and took home fifth place in After Dinner Speaking. Freshman Kayla Duffey (Billings, Mo.) was named the “Top Novice” in Persuasive Speaking and received sixth place honors in novice Poetry Interpretation. Freshman David White (Springfield, Mo.) earned “Top Novice” honors in both Communication Analysis and Editorial Impromptu.

“We’re proud of the energy and effort put forth by our students,” said Jordan Compton, assistant director of forensics.


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