Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 11, 2007) - The John Brown University Speech and Debate team continued its success, capturing first place overall in debate at the Cameron University Christmas Classic Speech Tournament on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2007 in Lawton, Okla. Leading the team were senior partners Brad Webber and Jamie Stallings. The team advanced to octo-finals in Varsity Parliamentary Debate before falling to a team from Texas Tech University, Lubbock. This is the third consecutive tournament in which this duo has advanced beyond preliminaries. “Brad and Jamie have really excelled this season,” Coach Jason Hough said. “With their success this past weekend, they will now be in the top 100 of the 700 teams in the nation.” Also contributing wins for the team in Varsity Parliamentary Debate were juniors Jenny Felts and J.D. Hegenmuhle, as well as sophomore Rissa Murphy and senior Aaron Brenner. Murphy also received the fifth place award for Best Individual Speaker. In Novice Parliamentary debate, freshman Daniel Fischer and sophomore Adam Litton took second place overall. Also contributing wins for the team in Novice Parliamentary debate were sophomore Cecelia Wells and freshman Kyle Macfarlan. In Novice Public debate, freshman Amber Wilson won the first place overall speaking award, with teammate sophomore Ari Acevedo receiving a fifth place overall speaking award. Also contributing wins for the team in Novice Public debate were freshman Scarlett Bush and freshman James Cooke. Freshman Brenna Welch also participated. In individual speaking events, Murphy placed first in Communication Analysis, first in Dramatic Duo Interpretation with partner Hegenmuhle, and fifth in Prose Interpretation. Webber secured a first place position in Impromptu Speaking, sixth place in Communication Analysis, and first place in Extemporaneous Speaking. Stallings received sixth place in Informative Speaking. The team will travel to Baton Rouge, La. to defend their three time state champion title at the Tri-State Championships on Jan. 25-27, 2008. 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 40 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’s Independent Colleges & Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.