Debate Team Wins Big

Le Flambeau Foundation Scholar Rachelle appeared in a recent Berea magazine article – congratulations on the big team achievements!

Berea Speech and Debate Team Wins Big at State Championships, Marcus plumlee  ·  February 28, 2011, Berea Spotlight

The 2011 Kentucky Forensic Association’s State Championship was held at Gateway Community and Technical College this past weekend on February 18 and 19. The Berea contingent traveled to Florence, Kentucy in full force, and took home first place in both the overall parliamentary debate and several individual events. Berea’s team also won second place in the Grand Champion division among all attending colleges and universities.

In addition, two Berea seniors, Chris and Eric Moore, were presented with the prestigious Harlan Hamm Award for Forensics Excellence. The Berea Speech and Debate Team coach, Dr. Billy Wooten, a Berea communications professor, took home Kentucky Forensic Association’s Coach of the Year award. As if all of this wasn’t enough, Rachelle Mathurin earned the honor to have her speech delivered in the Persuasion event published in an upcoming issue of the Kentucky Forensic Association Student Magazine.

Here are the individual results for Berea students at the State Championships:

  • Maryam Ahmed – Top Novice in Extemporaneous Speaking; 7th Place Novice Debate
  • Charles Badger – 6th Place Varsity Debate
  • Vandet Chambers; Finalist in Programmed Oral Interpretation; Finalist in Duo Interpretation
  • Mira Denton – 6th Place Novice Debate
  • Jacob Hart – 3rd Place Novice Debate;  Finalist in Impromptu Speaking
  • Felicia Helvey – Finalist in Prose; Finalist (twice) in Duo Interpretation
  • Josh Hughes –  Quarterfinalist Debate
  • Sean Litteral – Quarterfinalist Debate; Finalist in Impromptu Speaking
  • Rachelle Mathurin – Top Novice in Programmed Oral Interpretation; Finalist in Programmed Oral Interpretation; Finalist in Persuasion
  • Beth Nelson – Finalist in Duo Interpretation
  • Brianna Perry – Top Novice in Prose Interpretation; Finalist in Radio Broadcasting; Finalist in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Josh Rhoden – 10th Place Novice Debate
  • Emmanuel Zipson – Top Novice in Dramatic Interpretation; Top Novice in Poetry; Finalist in Poetry

Photo courtesy of Berea Speech and Debate Team