JBU Speech and Debate Continues Success at Nationals

Siloam Springs, Ark (February 1, 2002) — The JBU speech and debate team continued its success last weekend Pi Kappa Delta National Speech and Debate tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, with team appearances in the quarterfinals, semifinals and individual awards. Pi Kappa Delta is the national honors fraternity for speech and debate, representing colleges and universities across the United States. In this national competition, 39 colleges and universities from 20 states competed for various honors.

Leading the JBU team in debate were freshmen Lindsey Toney and partner James Barnes. Debating for the first time in this national competition, Toney and Barnes managed a quarterfinals appearance before being stopped by a Notre Dame team. Toney also earned third place in the best speaker category at the tournament.

Coach Jason Hough said he couldn’t be more proud of the team’s performance.

“To have never debated before and make quarterfinals at nationals is amazing”, said Hough. “It speaks of their talent, dedication, and ability to learn”.

In individual speaking events, sophomore Kassandra Bohlender garnered a semi-final appearance for the team in the Prose competition. Bohlender’s selection was titled “Scream Louder”, the true story of a woman sexually abused by her step-father, who later resolved her trauma through counseling.

“Kassandra has established herself nationally”, said Hough. “She is an incredible story teller, and other competitors have come to respect her talent”.

Senior Josh Bentley earned an excellence award in the Prose category, as well as an excellence in Impromptu speaking award.

Earning additional points for the JBU team in various categories were sophomore Seth Wright, junior Heather Brewer, junior Jena Richmond, alumnus Scott Crain, and sophomore Steve Cox.

The JBU team has their next competition at the University of Arkansas, Feb. 22 and 23.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of over 1,600 students from 45 states and 33 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.