Siloam Springs, Ark (January 20, 2004) - The JBU Speech and Debate Team continued this season’s success with a third place overall team victory Jan. 16-17 at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Ark. Twenty schools from six states competed at the regional tournament. “Several members of our squad, including three of our debate teams, were not at the tournament,” Jason Hough, head coach said. “The rest of the team picked up the slack and kept us competitive.” Juniors Lindsey Toney and Devi Abraham led the JBU team with an overall 6-3 record in team debate, losing on a 2-1 decision in the final round. Abraham also placed fourth in impromptu speaking. Toney and her partner, senior James Barnes, also placed fourth in Dramatic Duo Interpretation. Other students receiving awards were: Barnes, third place, Dramatic Interpretation; sophomore Virginia Scott, fourth place, Poetry Interpretation; junior Cari Middendorf, fourth place, Persuasive Speaking; sophomore Evelyn Baldwin, sixth place, Program of Oral Interpretation; and freshman Ben Rasmussen, sixth place, Impromptu Speaking. Sophomore Drew Joseph earned additional points for the team with a 3-3 record in Public Debate. Virginia Scott and Felicia Parmain earned points with a 2-4 record in team debate, and freshmen partners Zach Fuller and Curtis Hartman aided in the victory with 1-5 record. Other students participating included freshman Abby Kirkbride, sophomores Mandy Ellis, Jessica Hunsberger and Laura Shank, junior Andy Williams, and senior Seth Wright. JBU’s team is hosting the Arkansas State Championship on the campus of JBU Feb. 6-7. Members of the community that are interested in participating as a judge are urged to contact Jason Hough at (479) 524-7179 or firstname.lastname@example.org. No experience is necessary, training will be provided. 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.