Speech & Debate Continue Success

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Back row: Josh Hoffman, assistant coach Scott Crain, Jessica Hunsberger, and assistant coach Heather Crain.Middle row: Victoria McCracken, Zach Fuller, assistant coach Jason Edgar, Megan Kirtley, Jasmine Banks, Leila McNeil, and Janet Cooney.Front row: Virginia Scott, James Kuykendall, head coach Jason Hough, Daniel Ostendorff, and Diana Sasso.

Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 9, 2005) - The John Brown University speech and debate team secured its second regional championship of the season this past weekend, placing first overall at the Coyote Classic Speech and Debate Tournament held at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kan. A total of eleven colleges and universities competed in the regional tournament, representing Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The JBU secured its first place finish by winning first in debate and second in individual speaking events. The point totals from the two categories determine which institution is the overall winner. Junior Felicia Parmain and partner freshman Jasmine Banks, along with seniors Cari Middendorf and partner Leila McNeil, won first place in Open and Novice Parliamentary debate, respectively. Senior Virginia Scott and partner sophomore Zach Fuller placed fourth in Open Parliamentary debate, while partners senior Janet Cooney and freshman Wyatt Bury placed fourth in Novice Parliamentary debate. Senior Jessica Hunsberger and partner freshman Josh Hoffman place sixth in Novice Parliamentary debate. Junior Daniel Ostendorf and partner freshman James Kuykendall also earned points for the team in Open Parliamentary debate. The top speakers in the overall debate competition were also given awards. In Open Parliamentary debate, Ostendorff placed second with Parmain placing fifth. In Novice Parliamentary debate, Bury placed third, McNeil placed fifth and Hunsberger placed sixth. In individual events, senior Megan Kirtley lead the way by placing in all three events entered. She placed second in Dramatic Interpretation, third in Prose Interpretation and fourth in Poetry Interpretation. Senior Victoria McCracken placed first in Poetry Interpretation and sixth in Dramatic Interpretation. Scott placed second in Prose Interpretation and second in Poetry Interpretation. Other finishes include: Ostendorff, second in Extemporaneous Speaking and sixth in Impromptu Speaking; Fuller, second in Impromptu Speaking; Middendorf, third in Extemporaneous Speaking; Hunsberger, third in Story Telling; McNeil, fifth in Poetry Interpretation and sophomore Diana Sasso, sixth in Prose Interpretation. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 40 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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