Monday, December 1, 2008

Speakers Shine in Music City

Six members of the Berry College forensics team claimed several individual awards and a second-place team finish during the Tennessee Porch Swing Tournament held in Nashville, Tenn., in mid-November.

A swing tournament is a special kind of speech competition consisting of two separate tournaments in one weekend. The first was hosted by Belmont University; the second was hosted by Carson-Newman College. Berry finished second overall in the Carson-Newman tournament, ahead of Clemson University, Florida State University and the University of Alabama. Five Berry competitors won individual awards and qualified for nationals in the two events.

Individual award recipients were as follows:

-Hope Stallings placed first in persuasive speaking, second in informative speaking, fourth in poetry interpretation and fifth in communication analysis at the Belmont tournament. She was first in persuasive speaking, first in informative speaking and first in rhetorical criticism at the Carson-Newman tournament. Hope, a junior communication major, is the daughter of Stan and Angela Nix of Ringgold, Ga.

-Amanda Dean placed fourth in persuasive speaking at the Belmont tournament and third in persuasive speaking at the Carson-Newman tournament. Amanda, a senior communication major, is the daughter of John and Yevone Dean of Acworth, Ga.

-Alex Middleton placed sixth in dramatic duo interpretation at the Belmont tournament and sixth in dramatic duo interpretation at the Carson-Newman tournament. Alex, a freshman communication major, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Middleton of Stone Mountain, Ga.

-Steven Walker was sixth in dramatic duo interpretation at the Belmont tournament and sixth in dramatic duo interpretation at the Carson-Newman tournament. Steven, a freshman communication major, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walker of Lilburn, Ga.

-Joshua Roye placed fifth in editorial impromptu speaking, fifth in informative speaking, sixth in prose interpretation and was awarded top novice in informative speaking at the Carson-Newman tournament. Joshua, a sophomore dual sociology/anthropology and religion/philosophy major, is the son of Tom and Gwendolyn Roye of Calhoun, Ga.

Prepared by student writer Leah Ryan
Berry College

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