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Speech and Debate Team Clinch State Championship

The Belmont University Speech and Debate team was crowned the state champion team at the Tennessee Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) state tournament, held Feb. 18-19 at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn. Overall, the team won first place in individual events, second place in debate, as well as being the top combined team in the state. Below is the list of awards Belmont students received:

Eric Schoen – 2nd place varsity debater
Nicole Bright – 6th place varsity debater
Lisa Sekscinski & Matthew Roberts – tied for 7th place varsity debater
Nicole Bright & Lisa Sekscinski – 2nd place debate team
Matthew Roberts & Jenni Gustafson – Semi-finalist debate team

Individual Events:
Extemporaneous Speaking:
Eric Schoen – 1st place
Jenni Gustafson – 3rd place
Matthew Roberts – 4th place
Nicole Bright – 6th place

Persuasive Speaking:
Jenni Gustafson – 1st place
Matthew Roberts – 2nd place

Prose Interpretation:
Eric Schoen – 2nd place

After Dinner Speaking:
Nicole Bright – 1st place
Eric Schoen – 2nd place

Impromptu Speaking:
Eric Schoen – 2nd place
Nicole Bright – 3rd place
Bryan Meehan – 4th place
Jenni Gustafson – 5th place

Informative Speaking:
Eric Schoen – 1st place
Matthew Roberts – 3rd place

Programmed Oral Interpretation:
Eric Schoen – 1st place
Nicole Bright – 5th place

Communication Analysis:
Matthew Roberts – 3rd place
Jenni Gustafson – 4th place

Duo Interpretation:
Eric Schoen/Katie Callaway – 1st place
Nicole Bright/Katie Callaway – 3rd place

Pentathalon – Top Speakers:
Eric Schoen – 1st place
Nicole Bright – 2nd place
Jenni Gustafson – 3rd place

Kallie Callaway – 5th place
Matthew Roberts – 6th place

Final Results:
Debate Team:  2nd place
IE Team:  1st place
Overall Team:  1st place


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