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ScotSpeak! has success at nationals

May 1, 2015

The Monmouth College forensics team placed tenth overall in the Presidents Division III at the national tournament last week in Athens, Ohio. This was the first time ScotSpeak! competed at the tournament with each member scoring points in the preliminary rounds.

“They represented Monmouth very well and the biggest thing was we took three freshman and I think that taking the younger students taught them a lot,” said ScotSpeak! coach and communication studies professor Rebecca Buel.

Monmouth had five students competing in the tournament, with senior captain Aimee Miller competing in impromptu and extemporaneous speaking. Anthony Adams also competed in impromptu. John Wells competed in persuasive speaking while Cole Downey and Michael Horath competed in prose interpretation.

“The speech team is excellent in that it encourages you not to only become a better speaker, but also to grow as a person,” said Miller.

“It gives you the opportunity to meet new people as well as look inward and become better as a whole.”

Every member of the team scored points in the preliminary rounds to help win Monmouth College tenth place in their division. Downey came within one slot of advancing into the next round of prose interpretation. Miller came close to advancing in her respective events as well.

“The team award was a joint effort, everyone contributed and that is what I am most proud of,” Buel said.

Competitors are awarded points for making it to the finals and also in the preliminary rounds. Divisions are separated by the numbers of students each university or college has. Monmouth competed in the Presidents Division III against 23 schools.

The national tournament is five days long and tests the endurance of the competitors. Each event has the speaker preforming a minimum of four times. There are an unlimited amount of entries, which allows for up to 300 different entrees.

They break the top 24 of each event into a quarterfinal round and then they break the top 12 into a semifinal round with the top six competing in the final.

The forensic team has four incoming students on scholarship next semester and they will only lose one with Miller graduating- this May.

“I am really sad to lose Aimee, she has been an extremely good team leader,” Buel said.

Alistair Ramsay
Senior Staff Writer

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