JBU Speech and Debate Team Place 3rd at National Tournament

Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 24, 2008) — The John Brown University speech and debate team secured its highest finish ever at a national tournament, placing 3rd overall at the National Christian College Forensic Invitational. The tournament was held on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, TN March 7-9. The tournament included twenty schools invited from around the nation, including teams from Arkansas, California, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Leading the team in individual events points were junior Rissa Murphy and freshman Amber Wilson. Murphy place 1st in Varsity Dramatic Duo with her partner J.D. Hegenmuhle, 2nd in Varsity Communication Analysis, 3rd in Varsity Prose Interpretation and 5th in Varsity Program of Oral Interpretation. Wilson secured a 1st place finish in Novice Program of Oral Interpretation, 1st place in Novice Prose Interpretation, and 2nd place in Novice Poetry Interpretation. Other individual events points were awarded to the following: 2nd place Reader’s Theater- Anna Carol Brymer, Scarlett Bush, James Cook, Daniel Fischer, Matt Mellema, Matt Nye, Josh Sooter, Brenna Welch. 2nd place Novice Program of Oral Interpretation- Cecelia Wells. 5th place Varsity Communication Analysis- Brad Webber. 5th place Varsity Dramatic Interpretation- Brad Webber. 5th place Novice Program of Oral Interpretation- Brenna Welch. Leading the team in debate points were Novice Parliamentary debate partners Wells and Kyle Macfarlan, and partners Brymer and Cook. Both of these teams advanced to the semi-finals. Also contributing debate points for the team were Aaron Brenner, Bush, Jon Erickson, Fischer, Hegenmuhle, Mellema, Murphy, Nye, Sooter, Jamie Stallings, Webber, Welch, and Wilson.