Last month, Monmouth College’s ScotSpeak forensics team finished its season on a strong note with impressive showings at two tournaments.
On March 2, ScotSpeak competed at the Any Last Words tournament at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Sophomore Aimee Miller of Lake in the Hills received fourth place in program oral interpretation. She also competed in prose, impromptu and duo interpretation with sophomore Brianna Thompson of Monmouth, who additionally competed in poetry.
The following weekend, ScotSpeak brought home numerous honors from the Last Chance tournament at Illinois State University.
Miller placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in program oral interpretation and impromptu. Miller and Thompson ranked fourth in duo interpretation.
Thompson and freshman Natalie Stortoni of Gurnee also performed “impressively” in novice rounds at the tournament, according to communication studies lecturer Kyle Christensen, MC’s director of forensics.
Novice rounds consist of students who are competing in their first season of speech forensics. Thompson reached the finals and received fourth place in novice poetry, while Stortoni took third place in novice dramatic interpretation.
“I’m so proud of how well the team did this year,” said Miller, who is ScotSpeak’s captain. “Everyone worked so hard, and I think it really paid off. This year, we really learned a lot. We not only learned how to speak well in front of crowds, but I think we really grew from the experience as well.”
“I am quite impressed with everything that ScotSpeak has accomplished,” said Christensen. “The team has evolved so much since the beginning of the year, and each member of ScotSpeak has put in a lot time and dedication to make us so successful. I think the degree of the students’ commitment to this organization is reflected in just how well they have done throughout the season. I couldn’t be happier with all that we have achieved, and I look forward to seeing what next season brings.”