Forensics Team Places First at Ozark Rookie Championships

John Brown University’s Forensics Team won first place Team Sweepstakes at the Ozark Rookie Championships that took place the weekend of April 16 at JBU. The team finished ahead of six other schools who attended the tournament, including the University of Arkansas, NWACC and Tulsa Community College.

“It was a great showing by all involved,” said Erick Roebuck, Director of Forensics.  “The tournament offered an opportunity for students to try out forensics at a speech tournament geared specifically towards training and recruiting newer competitors.  We hope that many of the students who competed here on campus will continue next year representing JBU at speaking and debating competitions.”

Siloam Springs, Arkansas (April 19, 2011) — The team competes in individual events and International Public Debate Association debate.  In addition to competition, the JBU Forensics will be judging at a number of local high schools Forensics/Debate tournaments.

The JBU team claimed 25 trophies and awards at the competition. Leading the way were Jordan Vaughan, freshman, communication studies and Grace Merrifield, freshman, Biology.  Vaughn won five awards, including 2nd Place Overall Speaker, 1st Place Dramatic Interpretation, 2nd Place Duo Interpretation (with Jesse Evans), 3rd Place Duo Interpretation (with Robert Burleson) and 5th Place Impromptu.   Merrifield won four awards including 4th Place Overall Speaker, 2nd Place After Dinner Speaking, 2nd Place Poetry Interpretation and 5th Place Duo Interpretation.  Other students who placed include: Miriam Boehr, Kendrea Brixey, Robert Burleson, David Coon, Jesse Evans, Haley Kurtz, Lauren Kirkpatrick, Andra Prieb, Jessica Smith and Christopher Wilson.