The Belmont Speech & Debate Team traveled to Riverside, Calif., to compete in the National Christian College Forensics Invitational March 12-14. Competing against teams twice its size, Belmont placed second in Division I of the speech competition and second in Division II of the debate competition.
The team competed against 16 schools with over 500 entries. Each member of the team walked away with at least one award.
Ryan Greenawalt, senior, won overall tournament champion after placing first in After Dinner Speaking and reaching the finals in two other events.
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McKinley Belcher – Tournament Champion, Poetry Interpretation – Second place speaker overall; Also placed in Informative Speaking, Prose
Kristen Taylor – First place, Duo Interpretation (with Greenawalt); Third place speaker overall; Also placed in two other events
Aketa Simmons – First overall speaker in Open Debate
Chasity Gunn – Finalist, Impromptu; Third place, Poetry
Crystal Jones – Fourth place, Dramatic Interpretation; Also placed in Informative Speaking
Tabitha Metcalf – Placed in After Dinner Speaking, Prose Intrepretation
Jonathan Guenther & Casey Fincher – Octofinals in the Open Division
Caleb Smith & Will Cromer – Quarterfinals in Novice Debate
Travis Holloway – Speaker award