Speech and Debate Takes First

Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 10, 2006) — Siloam Springs, Ark. – The John Brown University Speech and Debate team finished strong this past weekend in Salina, Kan., securing first place in debate events, and second place overall at the Kansas Wesleyan University regional tournament. Twenty schools from Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas attended the competition. “This makes the fourth tournament we have secured a first place team win,” said head coach Jason Hough. “The students have worked hard all year and it continues to show.” In novice Lincoln-Douglas debate, sophomore Brad Webber placed first in the final round of competition, edging out a competitor from East Central University of Oklahama. Webber also received the top speaker award. Sophomore Ben Ghrist and his speaking partner reached the semi-finals in this event. In novice Parliamentary debate, partners junior Austin Teed and sophomore Aaron Brenner secured a second place finish, dropping in the final round to a team from Webster University of St. Louis, Missouri. In open Parliamentary debate, junior partners Nicole Ediger and James Kuykendall also secured a second place finish, losing a tough final round to Rice University. Kuykendall also received the second place speaking award. Teammates senior Jessica Hunsberger and junior Zack Fuller were quarter-finalists in the event. In individual speaking events, Kuykendall and Fuller both secured a semi-final berth. Other students adding points to the team win included: freshmen debate partners Josh Sooter and Matt Mellema, sophomore Austin Benedict, senior Felicia Parmain and debate partner sophomore Jasmine Banks, junior Wyatt Bury, and sophomore Don David Turner.