Siloam Springs, Ark (December 11, 2003) - The John Brown University speech and debate team continued its success this Dec. 5-6 at the Cameron University Christmas Classic in Lawton, Okla. The team captured first place in debate, second in overall school, and third place in individual events. Schools representing six states competed in debate and various speaking events. West Texas A & M, Arkansas Tech, Sam Houston, and the University of Oklahoma were among the schools that competed. “This is the second time we have pulled a hat trick,” Jason Hough, debate coach said. “Our team has become a force to be reckoned with.” Leading the way in debate were sophomores, Virginia Scott and Felicia Parmain who placed second overall in the novice debate finals. Novice teammates, freshman Nicole Ediger and sophomore Evelyn Baldwin, along with partners, junior Cole Truitt and senior Erin Sebeck, received quarter-final berths. Baldwin also received fourth overall in best novice speaker. In open debate, partners, sophomores Devi Abraham and junior Lindsey Toney received a semi-finals berth. Non-advancing, but still qualifying for nationals, were partners sophomore Daniel West and junior Ali Arant, freshmen Zach Fuller and Curtis Harman, along with sophomore partners Drew Joseph and Leila McNeil. Abraham also received tenth overall best speaker. “Every year we see the team growing, becoming more and more successful,” Josh Bentley, assistant debate coach said. “It is exciting to see so many students involved with such a great program.” Members of the team also scored high marks in the speaking events. Baldwin received second place in Interpretation of Holiday Literature. Drama partners junior James Barnes and senior Lindsey Toney received second place in Dramatic Duo. Barnes received second place in Dramatic Interpretation, junior Cari Middendorf received best novice in persuasive speaking, Felicia Parmain received fifth place in Prose, Daniel West received fifth place in dramatic Interpretation, Abraham placed sixth in Impromptu speaking, and Nicole Ediger received sixth in Prose. The team will compete Jan. 16-17 at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Ark. John Brown University is a top-tier university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,800 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.