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Speech and Debate Team Places High in First Tournament

Belmont’s Speech and Debate Team just returned from its first tournament of the year at Tennessee State University. Out of the teams breaking to quarterfinals, four of the eight teams were from Belmont. Other universities attending included Valdosta State University, Arkansas State University, Miami University of Ohio, Carson-Newman College and Murray State University.
Tim Smith & Emilie Lico – 2nd place
Matthew Roberts & Lisa Sekscinski – semi-finalists
Eric Schoen & Bethany Miller – quarter-finalists
Sash Blevins & Kate Tully – quarter-finalists
Bethany Miller – 3rd place tournament speaker
Belmont – 1st place overall debate team
Individual Events:
There were 12 universities competing in the individual events tournament including five schools ranked in the top 10 at the national IE tournaments last year. Despite the toughest competition in the nation, Belmont still had some great awards:
Eric Schoen, Impromptu Speaking – 7th place
Anna Carroll, Poetry Interpretation – Top Novice