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ScotSpeak makes strong showing at tournament

Last week, Monmouth College’s ScotSpeak forensics team competed at the Litrenta Triangle speech tournament at Harper College.
Sophomore Aimee Miller of Lake in the Hills advanced to the final round in prose, taking sixth place overall. Miller, who serves as captain of ScotSpeak, also competed in impromptu and in program oral interpretation.
“Since prose is typically the event that the most people enter, I was stunned that my presentation was chosen over such a huge pool of talent,” said Miller, who competed in a field of 46 speakers. “Getting sixth place was simply amazing, and I’m extremely honored that the judges enjoyed my performance enough to advance me to finals.”
Two MC freshmen also competed: Marian Hjelmgren of Northlake in prose and Natalie Stortoni of Gurnee in dramatic interpretation.
“In addition to Aimee’s success, Marian and Natalie both performed incredibly well,” said MC’s director of forensics, communication studies lecturer Kyle Christiansen. “This tournament brought ScotSpeak some of our highest rankings for the entire season. In fact, Natalie missed advancing to the final round in dramatic interpretation by a very narrow margin, an impressive feat considering that she was competing in this event for the very first time and at her very first collegiate forensics tournament.”
ScotSpeak will next compete at the Mid America Forensic League tournaments, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Ripon College on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24, respectively.