Southwest Baptist University News Release
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – The Speaking Bearcats traveled to Lawton, Okla. to compete against twenty-one schools from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri at the annual Cameron Christmas Classic. SBU earned the coveted nutcracker first place trophy and brought home first place in individual events, first place in debate, and first place in overall sweepstakes.
Team Members Leah Cleek, Kaila Todd, and Julie Strubinger earned first, second, and fifth place respectively in pentathalon - an award given to students who earn high ranks in the three genres through five events. Additionally, Maggie Thomas, Julie Strubinger, Hannah Larino, and Chad Bryant beat out the competition and closes out novice debate.
The Speaking Bearcats earned great individual success in every category. Sophomore Catie Lathrop won first in persuasive speaking, sixth in program of oral interpretation, and was a semi-finalist in novice NPDA. Sophomore Meg Burns earned second in program of oral interpretation, second in informative speaking, fourth in prose interpretation, and fifth in communication analysis. Sophomore Kaila Todd took second in persuasive speaking and fourth in dramatic interpretation. Freshman Leah Cleek brought home third in communication analysis, third in persuasive speaking, and top novice and third in impromptu. Freshman Julie Strubinger earned third in extemporaneous speaking, and top novice, and fifth in after dinner speaking. Freshman Hanna Larino brought home second place in after dinner speaking. Freshman Maggie Thomas won second place in communication analysis. Freshman team Bobby Sterling and Micah Jordan were quarter-finalists in NPDA.
The team will be preparing for the next tournament: The Gorlock Tournament in St. Louis, Mo. on Jan. 25-27.
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