Speech & Debate Team Earns High Marks

Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 31, 2006) - The John Brown University Speech and Debate team won several individual national championships and fourth place overall team finish at the National Christian College Forensics Invitational, held March 18-20 at JBU’s main campus. Nineteen schools from 14 states participated in this year’s national invitational.

“This is a great end to a great year,” said head coach, Jason Hough. “This is our highest finish ever at a national competition, and also the most individual awards we have secured at the national level.”

Sophomore Brad Webber led the team, with four national championships in novice Lincoln-Douglas debate, top novice Lincoln-Douglas speaker, novice impromptu speaking and best novice all around.

Webber was also part of the group of students that won the national championship in Reader’s Theatre. Edging out a tough team from Belmont University of Nashville, Tenn., sophomore Jasmine Banks, senior Jessica Hunsberger, junior James Kuykendall and Webber performed a themed program concerning the relationships between fathers and daughters. The program was compiled by assistant coach and JBU’s archivist, Heather Brewer.

Webber also placed second in novice impromptu speaking, third place overall novice parliamentary debate speaker and was a quarter-finalist in parliamentary debate with junior partner Wyatt Bury. Bury also placed fourth overall novice parliamentary debate speaker.

Sophomore Aaron Brenner and Junior Austin Teed were quarter-finalists in novice parliamentary debate, with Brenner receiving eighth overall novice parliamentary speaker.

Other finalists included junior Nicole Ediger, receiving a second place overall open Lincoln-Douglas speaker award. Junior Zach Fuller placed fifth in open informative speaking.

Also securing points for the team in debate were freshman Rebecca Clendenen, sophomore Ben Ghrist, and senior Felicia Parmain. Sophomore Austin Benedict also added points to the team win in dramatic duo with partner Kuykendall.

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked sixth 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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