|Debate takes 21
awards at state tourney
Photo courtesy of Media Services |
The proof is in the hardware — (from left)
Chad Rogers, Brian Rauls, Brandi Morgan, Brooke Flemister, Lydia Gorse,
Lauren Raynor, Joel Brown, Scott Allison Richardson and Matt Baumgarten
display awards won at the State Championships. (Not pictured: April Jacks). |
The University of Arkansas–Monticello’s speech and debate team came out
fighting at the Arkansas State Championship in Fayetteville the weekend of Feb.
The team received 21 awards at the tournament and also managed to win in all
three team categories. These honors represent two “firsts” for Scott
Kuttenkuler, director of forensics, because they supplied the most wins at an
individual tournament since he has been the director. This also comes as the
first occurrence of wins in all three categories since he has been at UAM.
“While we had success, we can recognize where we need to improve for the Pi
Kappa Delta Nationals,” Kuttenkuler said.
A room full of trophies could prove empowering for the team though. At the state
tournament they won numerous awards highlighted by three prestigious Sweepstake
wins. These included third place in the Debate Sweepstakes, second place in the
Individual Events Sweepstakes and third place in the Overall Sweepstakes.
On an individual level the team succeeded with high rankings also. In the
competition of open International Public Debate Association speaker junior Chad
Rogers of Bentonville won fourth place while fifth place went to first-year Joel
Brown of Monticello. Rogers also managed to reach the semi-finalist level in the
open International Public Debate Association division and won first place in the
extemporaneous speaking division.
Third place awards were received by junior Brandi Morgan of Crossett as Parliamentary
speaker and by Brown in the pentathlon. Then in duo-interpretation, three pairs
won awards including third place by Rogers and Brown, fourth place by first-year
Brian Rauls of Bearden and junior April Jacks of Star City, and fifth
place by juniors Morgan and Matt Baumgarten of Monticello.
Rogers won fourth place in the prose division, while Brown received third place
in after-dinner speaking and first in informative speaking. First-year Scott
Allison Richardson of Warren also competed in informative speaking and won
fourth place. Morgan won second place in communication analysis and in
program of oral interpretation, Baumgarten received fourth place.
Three team members also placed in the dramatic interpretation division including
Rogers in second place, Jacks in fifth and Brown in sixth. Rogers also won the
coveted “Subway Stamps” competition, a new tradition the team began this season.
It allows the first member of the team who attains a 6-0 record to receive the
pot of hoarded stamps from Subway, collected since the first tournament.
“The great thing about forensics is that we’re all a family and every tournament
we grow closer,” Rogers said.
The team now has the Pi Kappa Delta Nationals to look forward to where they will
compete to raise their standing of second place. This event will be held March
16-19 in St. Louis.
“Our showing at the state tournament proves we are in a very competitive
position for the national tournament and convention,” Rogers said.
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