JBU Speech & Debate Add More Victory Notches to Their Podium

Siloam Springs, Ark (November 20, 2001) — John Brown University’s Speech and Debate team continued its success at the Ranger Collegiate Invitational at Northwestern Oklahoma State in Alva, Okla., Nov. 9-10. The team captured the third place team trophy out of 13 teams representing Michigan, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas. Coach Jason Hough attributed the success to an impressive team effort and a tremendous amount of hard work.

The debate team of Josh Bentley and Kassandra Bohlender tied for first in team debate. Hough said, “I continue to be amazed at their ability.” Since the fire and ice duo started debate less than two years ago, they’ve performed amazingly well and hold a 21-4 record. The two seniors earned their nicknames “fire” and “ice” from fellow competitors at the 2000 Great Plains Forensic competition for their individual debate styles.

Sophomore Jena Richmond, in her first time this year competing in Lincoln-Douglas debate, secured sixth place with a 3-2 record. Bentley placed fourth in impromptu speaking, and Bohlender won second in Prose Interpretation. The JBU team dominated the impromptu speaking event. Out of 36 competitors, seven qualified for the final round, and five of those were JBU students.

"They posted who broke to finals, and we couldn't believe it," said team member Steve Cox. "All you could see was JBU." Cox led the team in impromptu with a second place finish.

Josh Bentley secured fourth, James Barnes fifth, Lindsey Toney sixth, and Jena Richmond seventh.

The team's presence was further noted in Dramatic Duo. JBU entered three duo teams for competition. All three qualified for finals. "We were so excited," said team member Lindsey Toney. "Other teams were impressed we qualified so many people."

Scott Crain and Heather Brewer placed fourth, James Barnes and Lindsey Toney took fifth place, and Seth Wright and Steve Cox placed sixth. Senior Scott Crain continued his semester long success in Poetry, earning a second. The team also received third place in the Reader's Theater category.

This competition ended JBU’s fall semester competition. The next tournament is in St. Louis, Missouri at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament January 25-28. "Above all else,” said Hough, “the most exciting part of the weekend is that the entire team has qualified for nationals. They have worked hard, and it shows."

Students who have qualified for the national tournament are Josh Bentley, Kassandra Bohlender, Heather Brewer, Scott Crain, James Barnes, Lindsey Toney, Seth Wright, Steve Cox, Jena Richmond, and Caleb Summers.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,600 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universitiesand the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.