Debate Team finishes semester on track

Chad Rogers
Staff Writer

   The University of Arkansas – Monticello’s Speech and Debate Team finished the fall semester by competing at the Louisiana State University – Shreveport Red River Swing forensics tournament Nov. 18-21, and the Mississippi College “Deep South Debates” in Clinton, Miss., on Dec. 3-4.

   At LSU, the team placed second in the overall swing sweepstakes and also received 16 individual awards, fifth place debate sweepstakes and fourth place individual-events sweepstakes.

   Senior Will Whiting, president of UAM's Pi Kappa Delta national speech honorary, led the team with seven individual awards, including fifth place extemporaneous speaking, third and fourth place informative speaking, second and third place persuasive speaking, quarterfinalist in Varsity Public Debate and second place Pilot award for excellence in individual events and debate.

   Junior speech major Chad Rogers totaled six awards, including fifth place prose interpretation, fourth place extemporaneous speaking, second and third place in impromptu speaking, quarterfinalist in Varsity Public Debate and third place Pilot award for debate and individual speaking events.

   Also contributing to the team success were freshmen Lydia Gorse and Brian Rauls, who placed in the novice debate division as double-octofinalists, and junior Brandi Morgan with a second place finish in the Varsity division. Other members traveling included senior Kristi Brannon, juniors Matt Baumgarten and Cody Wales, sophomore Amanda Haught and first-years Joel Brown, Lauren Raynor and Brooke Flemister.

   The team finished the fall semester with a strong showing at Mississippi College’s “Deep South Debates.” The team saw individual success with Brown advancing to quarterfinals in the Varsity division, Baumgarten placing quarterfinalist in the Open division, and Rogers placing second in the Varsity Division.  Other students representing UAM included Morgan, Wales, Flemister, Raynor and first-years Brian Rauls and Lydia Gorse.

   Forensics director Scott Kuttenkuler is very optimistic of the team’s potential for the heart of the competitive season in the spring semester.

   “We are right on track to accomplish our year long goals, and ready to begin our path to nationals next semester,” Kuttenkuler said.

   The UAM forensics team will next compete at the Arkansas Tech Debate and Individual Events Tournament in Russellville Jan. 21-22.

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