Friday, March 13, 2009

Forensics Team Claims 15th Consecutive State Championship

For the 15th time in 15 years, the Berry College Forensics team earned top honors in the Georgia Intercollegiate Forensics Association tournament held recently at Southern Polytechnic State University.

Berry speakers claimed individual championships in 10 of 12 events. Sophomore Joshua Roye was named top speaker, and seniors Hope Stallings and Amanda Dean earned the right to represent Georgia at the 137th Interstate Oratory Contest in Oxford, Miss., by placing first and second in persuasive speaking.

Individual award recipients were as follows:

-Hope Stallings placed first in informative speaking, persuasive speaking, rhetorical criticism and dramatic duo interpretation (with Alex Middleton) and second in poetry interpretation. Hope, a senior communication major, is the daughter of Stan and Angela Nix of Ringgold, Ga.

-Amanda Dean placed second in informative speaking and persuasive speaking, third in rhetorical criticism and fourth in poetry interpretation. Amanda, a senior communication major, is the daughter of John and Yevone Dean of Acworth, Ga.

-Joshua Roye finished first in pentathlon, editorial impromptu and impromptu speaking, second in rhetorical criticism, third in dramatic duo interpretation (with Erin Froetschel) and fourth in informative speaking. Joshua, a sophomore dual sociology/anthropology and religion/philosophy major, is the son of Tom and Gwendolyn Roye of Calhoun, Ga.

-Thomas Yungerberg placed first in program oral interpretation, second in dramatic duo interpretation (with Steven Walker) and fifth in prose interpretation. Thomas, a freshman communication major, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Yungerberg of Canton, Ga.

-Alex Middleton finished first in dramatic duo interpretation (with Hope Stallings) and third in after dinner speaking and prose interpretation. Alex, a freshman communication major, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Middleton of Stone Mountain, Ga.

-Kalia Miller placed third in persuasive speaking and sixth in impromptu speaking. Kalia, a freshman biology major, is the daughter of Ms. Donna Cargle of Crandall, Ga.

-Kali McMillian placed second in dramatic interpretation. Kali, a freshman theatre major, is the daughter of Ms. Sharon Sexton of Grayson, Ga.

-Steven Walker finished first in after dinner speaking and prose interpretation and second in dramatic duo interpretation (with Thomas Yungerberg). Steven, a freshman communication major, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Walker of Lilburn, Ga.

-Erin Froetschel placed first in poetry interpretation, third in dramatic duo (with Joshua Roye) and fourth in after dinner speaking. Erin, a sophomore music major, is the daughter of Mark and Dana Froetschel of Crawford, Ga.

-John Hall finished third in program oral interpretation and fifth in editorial impromptu speaking. John, a senior government major, is the son of Beth Hall of Menlo, Ga.


Prepared by Public Relations and Marketing Assistant Leah Ryan

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