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BOLIVAR, Mo. — Southwest Baptist University’s Speaking Bearcats finished in the top 3 at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament and Convention, brought home a national championship in literary criticism and had two members named All-American at the event held March 22-25, 2017, at Boise State University, in Boise, Idaho.
SBU squared off against tough competition from 72 other colleges and universities across the nation, finishing with Superior Awards (top 10 percent) in all sweepstakes categories – overall, debate; and individual speech events. The team finished third in overall sweepstakes, sixth in debate and fourth in speech.
“This is the third time in the past six years that the team has finished in the top three,” said SBU’s Director of Forensics Dr. David Bailey. “Although we are pleased with this result for now, we will continue to work toward getting back to the top spot in overall sweepstakes – it is named after our own late Dr. Bob Derryberry, after all.
“That trophy belongs here at SBU, and we’re going to get it back one day soon. But, for now, we are celebrating the many wonderful achievements of our students.”
The Speaking Bearcats had a number of outstanding achievements including:
“The All-American designation is an extremely prestigious honor,” Bailey said. “Every two years, Pi Kappa Delta honors only 10 students by naming them All-Americans. There is a lengthy nomination and application process, whereby, the recipients are selected based upon excellence in the classroom, community service and their competitive records in speech and debate competition. We are extremely proud of Kensey and Tiana for earning this recognition.”
Besides being named a PKD All-American, Slone claimed Superior awards in both extemporaneous speaking and broadcast journalism. She also won Excellent awards in impromptu and communication analysis.
In addition to her All-American recognition, Brownen won a number of other awards at the tournament, including a Superior in persuasive speaking. This designation meant that she was selected to perform in the showcase round for that event. She also won Excellent awards in broadcast journalism and communication analysis.
Cutline: Front row (left to right): Jordan Compton (assistant director), Rebecca Godsey (volunteer assistant coach), Tiana Brownen and Dr. David Bailey (director); second row (left to right): Kensey Slone, Meg Burns (volunteer assistant coach); third row (left to right): Mikayla Throne, Caleb Rutledge, Skyler Sanzotera, Mariah Gilmore and Marisa Mayo; fourth row (left to right): Michael Jenks, Jordan Martin, Reece Tabor, Jeffrey Metzler; back row (left to right): Yani McHugh, Sam Carr and Tyler Middleton.