Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 24, 2007) - The John Brown University speech and debate team hosted the 2007 Pi Kappa Delta Bi-Province Tournament Oct. 19-21. Pi Kappa Delta is the nation’s oldest and largest speech and debate organization for college students. Eleven schools representing Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas competed. The JBU team took first overall in debate, beating out Southwest Baptist of Bolivar, Missouri. In the combined overall, which also included individual speaking events, Southwest Baptist took first, beating JBU by one point. “I was very impressed with the team, especially with how young the members are,” said coach Jason Hough. “This was the first tournament of the year for us, and we were highly competitive.” Leading the team were seniors and debate partners Brad Webber and Jamie Stallings. This team advanced to the championship round Varsity Parliamentary Debate, clenching a win with a 3-0 decision over Webster University of St. Louis, Missouri. Senior Rebecca Clendenen and partner sophomore Rissa Murphy were semi-finalists in Varsity, and senior Jenny Felts and partner junior J.D. Hegenmuhle were quarter-finalists. In Novie Parliamentary Debate, freshmen and partners Brenna Welch and Ari Acevedo placed 2nd overall. Also adding wins and points to the JBU team were sophomore Cecelia Wells and partner freshman Kyle Macfarlan, junior Adam Litton and freshman partner Daniel Fishcher, and freshmen partners Kyle Cook and Anna Carol Brymer. In individual Public Debate, senior Aaron Brenner advanced to quarter-finals before being stopped by a competitor from the University of Arkansas, Monticello. In speaking events, Murphy and dramatic duo partner Hegenmuhle placed 2nd. In prose interpretation, Wells placed 2nd and Murphy placed 4th. In Radio Broadcasting, Hegenmuhle placed 2nd and Murphy place 3rd. In Communication Analysis, Webber placed 2nd and Murphy placed 3rd. In Program of Oral Interpretation, freshman Amber Wilson placed 4th. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked fourth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 42 states and 49 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’s Independent Colleges & Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.