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ScotSpeak opens season; Thompson earns top novice honors

ScotSpeak, Monmouth College’s speech and debate team, opened its 2012-2013 season at the Forensic 500 tournament at the University of Indianapolis last weekend.
Sophomore Brianna Thompson of Monmouth won top novice in Poetry. Novice prizes are given to outstanding students who are competing at the collegiate level in their first year.
“Brianna has been preparing to compete in this tournament for months now, so I am happy that she received this recognition of her hard work, and at her very first collegiate tournament,” said communication studies lecturer Kyle Christensen, MC’s director of forensics.
Sophomore Aimee Miller of Lake in the Hills competed in three non-novice events, nearly breaking into the final rounds for Program Oral Interpretation.
“I am incredibly proud of how the students performed at the tournament,” said Christensen. “Overall, I think this tournament was an auspicious beginning to our competitive season, and I look forward to seeing how ScotSpeak continues to grow from here.”
Both Miller and Thompson were part of the college’s first group of Midwest Scholars in 2011.
ScotSpeak plans to compete next at the Mid-America Forensic League tournaments at the University of Northern Iowa and Wartburg College on Sept. 29 and 30, respectively.