ScotSpeak, Monmouth College’s speech and debate team, traveled to Illinois State University during Spring Break to compete at ISU’s Last Chance speech forensics tournament.
Competing for the final time this season, ScotSpeak was led by freshman Aimee Miller of Lake in the Hills, who received high rankings in three individual events. A member of the college’s inaugural class of Midwest Scholars last fall, Miller earned second place in novice prose speaking and fourth place in novice impromptu speaking. Novice events include students who are in their first season of speech forensics competition at the collegiate level. Additionally, she took third place in persuasive speaking, an event which included both novice and non-novice competitors.
ScotSpeak operates through Monmouth College’s communication studies department. Lecturer Kyle Christensen heads the program, while Miller serves as the team’s captain.
“I am so incredibly proud of what Aimee and ScotSpeak achieved at this tournament,” said Christensen. “The tournament included speakers from several other colleges universities with more established forensics program, and I believe ScotSpeak really held its own against these competitors.”
The other schools present were Bradley University, Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University, North Central College, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin.
“It was certainly a great way to close out our season,” concluded Christensen. “I am so happy to see how ScotSpeak has evolved and started to generate student interest, particularly this semester. I look forward to seeing how the team continues to grow next fall.”