JBU Speech and Debate Team

Speech and Debate

The JBU Speech and Debate Team competes in local, regional and national competitions in speech, debate and oral interpretation. Over the years, the team has won several state, regional and national championships. The team strives to represent Christ and JBU with excellence and honor during the year.

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Contact the Director of Speech and Debate | Angela Childress | AChildress@jbu.edu



  • First Place individual in Novice Division of IPDA, Season Long Novice National Champion, and 3rd place in the Novice Division at the National Tournament - Matt Logan '18


  • Regional Champions-IPDA Team Debate


  • 1st Place Speech Team in Arkansas 
  • Top Speaker in Arkansas - Josh McBride '15


  • 1st Place Speech Team in Arkansas 
  • State Champion in Poetry Interpretation and Impromptu Interpretation - Josh McBride '15
  • State Champion in Program Oral Interpretation - Andrew Goff '13
  • State Champions in Duo Interpretation - Andrew Goff '13 and Liz Coleman '14
  • 1st Place Team Sweepstakes Golden Eagle Invitational
  • 1st Place Individual Speaker Golden Eagle Invitational - Andrew Goff '13


  • 2nd Place Team Sweepstakes Ozark Championships
  • State Champion in Drama Interpretation and After Dinner Speaking - Kaitlyn Thompson '15
  • State Champion in Prose Interpretation - Josh McBride '15
  • State Champions Duo Interpretation - Josh McBride '15 and Andrew Goff '13
  • 1st Place Varsity Sweepstakes Ozark Championships - Jeff Essary '13


  • 1st Place Team Team Sweepstakes Ozark Championships
  • 2nd Place Individual Sweepstakes Ozark Championships - Jordan Vaughan '14


  • 2nd Place University - PSCFA Cool-Off Speech Tournament


  • 11th Place Team Debate Sweepstakes-Pi Kappa Delta Nationals
  • State Champion in Novice Public Debate - Brandon Knight '12

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