JBU Speech and Debate Team Place First in Tournament

Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 19, 2008) — John Brown University’s Speech and Debate team took first place at the Louisiana State University, Shreveport speech and debate tournament that was held Nov. 14-16. Twenty schools from Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas competed for the top honor. Leading the way to the victory was freshman Brandon Knight. In Novice Public debate, Knight placed 2nd overall out of 78 competitors. “I was extremely impressed with Brandon’s effort,” said coach Jason Hough. “To place that highly out of so many competitors speaks highly of his skills and potential for the future.” Teammate senior Matt Mellema was a quarter-finalist in Varsity Public debate, and teammate freshman Chad Neal was an octo-finalist. Also earning debate wins and points for the team were seniors Rissa Murphy and Josh Sooter; sophomores Scarlett Bush, Daniel Fischer, Amber Wilson; and freshmen Susan Greathouse, Mikey Kerby, Chelsey Knight, and Jeff Trott. In individual events, Murphy and Wilson scored multiple points for the team. In team Duo Interpretation, Murphy and Wilson placed second place. Individually, Murphy placed fifth in Communication Analysis and sixth in Prose Interpretation. Wilson scored sixth in Communication Analysis. Also scoring individual event points for the team were Greathouse in Prose and C. Knight in Poetry Interpretation. The team’s next competition is the Christmas Classic Regional Tournament to be held on the campus of Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma Dec. 5-7.