JBU Speech and Debate Closes Season with Tournament Win

Siloam Springs, Ark (December 9, 2002) — The John Brown University Speech and Debate team finished their fall competition season with a 1st place title in overall debate at a regional tournament hosted by Cameron University in Lawton, Okla. Dec. 6-7.

In addition to its 1st place title in overall debate, the JBU team place 2nd in all-around and 4th in individual events.

JBU was one of 16 schools from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana to compete in the regional tournament.

“Our debaters lead the squad this weekend,” said coach Jason Hough. “All six of our teams advanced to elimination rounds.”

“Out of a total of 12 teams in elimination rounds, six were from JBU,” said assistant coach Josh Bentley. “That kind of showing is a testament to the hard work everyone has done.”

Leading in debate were seniors Kassandra Bohlender and partner Jena Richmond, advancing to semi-finals with a 6-1 record. Junior Steve Cox and partner sophomore Liz Dodson, and sophomores Jenny Jackson and partner Virginia Scott advanced to quarterfinals with 5-2 records.

In the novice division, sophomores James Barnes and partner Lindsey Toney, sophomore Daniel West and partner freshman Daniel Ostendorff, and freshman Virginia Moor and partner Devi Abraham closed out novice debate as co-champions. “It’s rare that a school takes the top three spots in a division,” said Bentley. “But our novice debaters did just that.” The squad also scored high in individual speaking events. Bohlender secured first place in prose interpretation. Cox scored third place in impromptu speaking. Dodson and partner sophomore Caleb Summers scored fourth in dramatic duo, with teammates Barnes and Toney scoring sixth in dramatic duo. Scott placed fifth in the poetry interpretation category. Other contributing members included sophomore Tori McCracken, freshman Jessica Hunsberger, freshman Felicia Parmain, freshman Laura Shank, and senior Heather Brewer. John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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