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MC debaters compete at Purdue tournament

Monmouth College students who attended the Boilermaker Special Speech and Debate Tournament at Purdue University included, from left, Natalie Stortoni of Gurnee, Aimee Miller of Lake in the Hills and Amber Berge of Port Byron. Berge received the award for the top novice in informative speaking.
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Members of Monmouth College’s ScotSpeak competed Oct. 26-27 at the Boilermaker Special Speech and Debate Tournament at Purdue University, with freshman Amber Berge of Port Byron capturing the top novice award in informative speaking.
“Novice awards are given to outstanding students competing in collegiate forensics in their first year,” explained communication studies lecture Kyle Christensen, director of MC’s forensics program. “This award is particularly impressive, because this is the first collegiate tournament at which Amber has competed, I’m extremely proud of the work Amber put forth in preparing this event for the tournament, and I believe her achievement shows signs of further success to come.”
“When they called out Amber’s name, I was so proud of her,” said ScotSpeak captain Aimee Miller, a sophomore from Lake in the Hills. “She has so much potential. It’s simply astounding to see what she can do in front of a crowd.”
“Amber and Aimee both did tremendously well,” added Christensen, who reported that the two competitors missed advancing to the final rounds by a single point each.
“Going to tournaments is so rewarding, and it feels great to be competing in that capacity,” said Miller. “Traveling to tournaments and competing is such a great experience. This is definitely an activity I love, which makes those nervous jitters before a performance worth it.”