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It's Up for Debate @ Berea

Berea's campus was a battlefield of wit as it hosted the John G. Fee Debate and Speech Invitational on November 11-12.

Nearly 40 teams from 22 different schools attended, with more than 250 competitors in individual categories. The John G. Fee Invitational is one of the largest tournaments on the circuit and this year’s attendance was the largest in the history of the event. Shauna Sams and Brandon Dye both won in the Octafinals of Debate, making them the only two individual competitors from Berea to win.

April Trent, a BC sophomore and communications major, enjoyed competing as a member of the speech team. A successful competitor during high school, April, like many other competitors, felt that this was one competition not to be missed.

“This year, I'm performing in a difficult portion of the Speech competition called Program Oral Interpretation," said April. "If I make it to finals, then I'm glad that I have a chance at winning, but if I don't, I still win because I can talk to someone else who may not have made it and we can get to know one another.”

The results of the competition were:

1st place Debate - Cedarville University
2nd place Debate - Cedarville University
3rd place Debate - Western Kentucky University
1st place Individual Event - Tennessee State University
2nd place Individual Event- Bowling Green State University
3rd place Individual Event- Western Kentucky University

“Our morale was wonderful and we tried our very best,” comments April. “There were 22 different schools and more than 300 students that competed, so our team was rather small in comparison, but we acted very hospitable and all the schools have told Dr. Wooten that they will be coming back next year.”

For more information, contact Billy Wooten at, or visit the Debate and Speech Team’s website by clicking the link below.

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