The Southwest Baptist University Speaking Bearcats speech and debate team finished in third place in overall sweepstakes out of 23 competing schools at the “Falcon Classic” tournament hosted by Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, Nov. 15-16. The team was also awarded first place out of the Pi Kappa Delta chapters.
In the debate portion of the tournament, Nik Fischer and Reed Dressler reached the semifinals of parliamentary debate. The finals for public forum debate was a match between two SBU duos with the pair of Tiana Brownen and Lydia Swisher finishing undefeated and receiving first place over the SBU pair of Will Wheeler and Meg Burns.
The Speaking Bearcats also brought home many awards from the individual speech events, including Meg Burns’ honor of top overall individual performer, an honor she also earned at last year’s BGSU tournament. Burns received this title by winning first place in program of oral interpretation and communication analysis, third place in informative speaking, sixth place in duo interpretation with Lydia Swisher, and seventh place in prose interpretation.
Fischer earned third place in persuasive speaking and fifth place in informative speaking.
Brownen received second place in novice informative and novice impromptu, fourth place in novice persuasion, and sixth place in novice extemporaneous. Her strong results earned her the title of second highest scoring individual events competitor at the tournament. According to coach Dr. David Bailey, this is “a very impressive accomplishment for the freshman.”
Lyndal Doherty won first place in novice dramatic interpretation.
Tyler Middleton received third place in novice prose and earned the title of “Top Novice Speaker” in after dinner speaking.
Justin Pullin received first place in novice poetry and sixth place in novice prose.
Reece Tabor won third place in novice informative and sixth place in novice persuasion.
Kensey Slone received second place in novice persuasion and fourth place in novice extemporaneous.
The Speaking Bearcats team will conclude the semester’s competitions by traveling to Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., Dec. 5-6. For more information about SBU Forensics, please contact Bailey at dbailey@SBUniv.edu.