Brianna Thompson was the top individual for Monmouth College at the Badger Memorial Invitational speech forensics tournament at the University of Wisconsin on Nov. 10. Thompson, a sophomore from Monmouth, reached the final round in poetry, placing sixth overall.
Two other students competed for MC’s ScotSpeak team at the tournament – freshman Corey Yost of Eldridge, Iowa (prose and impromptu) and sophomore Aimee Miller of Lake in the Hills (program oral interpretation and impromptu).
“Brianna is our first finals-breaking student of the season, and I’m quite proud of her accomplishment,” said communication studies lecturer Kyle Christensen, MC’s forensics director. “She has had a successful season so far, being named top novice in poetry at the Forensic 500 tournament in Indianapolis. Since then, she has really continued to develop her work and become an even stronger competitor.”
“It came as no surprise to me that Brianna was able to make it into finals rounds,” said Miller, who captains the team and, like Thompson, was part of Monmouth’s first group of Midwest Scholars in 2011. “She’s spent countless hours working on her piece, and I can’t think of anyone who deserves to win more than her.”