Southwest Baptist University News Release
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – The SBU Speaking Bearcats earned top ranks during their busy October schedule as they travelled back to back to University of Central Missouri’s Mule Tournament, October 19-21 and Longview’s Central States Swing Tournament, October 26-27.
At the Mule Tournament, the Bearcats earned third place in debate, bringing home numerous individual awards both in debate and individual event fields. Novice debaters Kaila Todd, Julie Strubinger, Maggie Thomas, Bobby Sterling, Catie Lathrop, and Micah Jordan closed out the novice competition in parliamentary debate. Open debate competitors Nik Fischer and Leah Cleek were parliamentary debate quarterfinalists.
In the first half of the Mule Tournament, freshmen Leah Cleek took home second place and top novice in persuasive speaking and second and top novice in communication analysis. Sophomore Nik Fischer earned fourth place in communication analysis and fifth in extemporaneous speaking. Sophomore Kaila Todd placed sixth in persuasive speaking.
In the second half of the Mule Tournament, Leah Cleek picked up third place and top novice in persuade, fourth and top novice in communication analysis, and fifth and top novice in impromptu speaking. Nik Fischer took sixth place in communication analysis and fourth in extemporaneous speaking.
At the Central States Swing, the Bearcats overcame the competition and brought home first place overall for the first half of the tournament. The Speaking Bearcats again posted strong results in parliamentary debate. In fact every one of SBU’s parliamentary debate teams reached elimination rounds. Nik Fischer and Meg Burns reached quarterfinals in open parliamentary debate. Chad Bryant and Hannah Larino reached quarterfinals in novice parliamentary debate. Maggie Thomas and Julie Strubinger reached the semifinals of novice parliamentary debate, while Kaila Todd and Leah Cleek finished in second place in the event.
In individual events, the SBU team members earned great success. Sophomore Meg Burns won first place in informative speaking, second in prose, and third in program of oral interpretation. Leah Cleek won first place in impromptu speaking and third in communication analysis. Freshmen Julie Strubinger brought home second place in informative speaking and sixth in impromptu speaking. Nik Fischer picked up second place in communication analysis and fifth in informative speaking. Kaila Todd took fifth place in impromptu speaking. Freshmen Hannah Larino and Chad Bryant broke into after dinner speaking, earning fourth and fifth place respectively.
The SBU Speaking Bearcats will be traveling to compete at the nation’s oldest multiple-event tournament, the 82nd Mahaffey Memorial Tournament hosted by Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, November 9-11.
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