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Berea forensics students Win at WKU

Last week Berea College students took home several awards at a debate tournament hosted by Western Kentucky University on September 27.

Debate Team

Berea students made their strongest performance in six years as they competed against teams from universities across the North, South, Southeast and the Midwest in one of the most competitive tournaments of the region.

The duo of Stephanie Radford, Theater major, and Matthew Frederick, Classical Studies major, both seniors, placed third in the interpretation category.

Shannon Baldon, senior, and Ahmad Shuja, junior, both Political Science majors, were quarterfinalists in the novice parliamentary debate.

Junior Philosophy major Charles Badger clinched the fifth best speaker spot in the open parliamentary debate category. Shuja received the second best speaker in the novice category.

“I was really excited that I ended up winning,” Radford explained her feelings after the victory.

But it was not all competition for Radford. “I got to see old friends at the tournament, so it was a very friendly environment with this undertone of competitiveness.”

Berea College hosts its own annual debate tournament, the John G. Fee Memorial. Dozens of teams from across the region participate in the October tournament. Berea students also compete in tournaments in the Southeast and the Midwest. During the 2007-2008 academic year, Berea competed in nine tournaments and won 75 individual and team awards.

Debate coach Billy Wooten had words of praise for his debaters so far this season, and expects the team will continue the winning streak. “We did really well. I think Western (Kentucky University) was a good way to prepare for future tournaments, and I expect them to perform well.”

Related Link:
Speech and Debate Team website

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