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Speech and Debate Lands Several Awards at NCCFI Tournament

The Belmont University Speech and Debate team competed March 17-19 at the National Christian College Forensics Invitational, a national tournament at Carson-Newman College. Belmont’s team placed second in individual events and third overall at the tournament, a great feat for only taking seven students this year.  Awards received were as follows:

Debate Awards
Eric Schoen/Matthew Roberts; Varsity Debate Quarter-Finalists, (seeded 6th of 34 teams)
Eric Schoen – 5th place debate speaker (of 68 varsity debaters)

Individual Event Awards
Eric Schoen
Prose Interpretation:  1st
Dramatic Interpretation:  1st
Poetry Interpretation:  1st
Impromptu Speaking:  1st
Reader’s Theatre:  1st
IE Individual Sweepstakes:  1st
Overall Speaker Sweepstakes (IE + Debate): 1st

Nicole Bright
After Dinner Speaking:  2nd
Programmed Oral Interpretation:  5th
Poetry Interpretation:  6th
Prose Interpretation:  Semi-Finalist
Reader’s Theatre:  1st
IE Individual Sweepstakes:  8th
Overall Speaker Sweepstakes (IE + Debate): 6th

Matthew Roberts
After Dinner Speaking:  1st
Persuasive Speaking:  1st
Informative Speaking:  6th
Reader’s Theatre:  1st
IE Individual Sweepstakes:  3rd
Overall Speaker Sweepstakes (IE + Debate): 2nd

Megan Jack
Novice Prose Interpretation:  2nd
Novice Poetry Interpretation:  4th
Novice Persuasion:  4th
Novice Dramatic Interpretation:  5th
Novice Impromptu:  5th
Reader’s Theatre:  1st
Novice IE Individual Sweepstakes:  5th
Overall Speaker Sweepstakes (IE + Debate): 5th

Jenni Gustafson
Novice Communication Analysis:  1st
Novice Persuasion:  2nd
Novice Impromptu:  Semi-Finalist
Novice IE Sweeps:  4th
Overall Speaker Sweepstakes (IE + Debate): 8th

Lisa Sekscinski
Novice Faith Literature:  1st place