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ScotSpeak takes a top prize at Indianapolis tournament

From left: Ellen Johnson, Cole Downey and Aimee Miller
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ScotSpeak, Monmouth College’s speech and debate team, competed last weekend at its first event of the season, the Forensic 500 tournament at the University of Indianapolis.
Ellen Johnson, a freshman from Kewanee, won top novice in prose. Novice prizes are given to outstanding students who are competing in their first year at the collegiate level.
Johnson also competed in duo interpretation with classmate Cole Downey of Geneva. Downey competed individually in poetry and junior Aimee Miller of Lake in the Hills competed in program oral interpretation, prose and impromptu.
“The entire team performed very well,” said communication studies lecturer Kyle Christensen, MC’s director of forensics. “The students who competed nearly broke into the finals for almost all of their events.”
Miller, who serves as team captain of ScotSpeak, added, “We’ve worked hard so far, so seeing our time and effort pay off was extremely gratifying. I hope we continue doing well, and I hope we continue to improve as the year goes on.”