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02-20-2007


Speech and Debate team places eighth at Louisiana State University

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Eight members of the University of the Cumberlands speech and debate team took home awards from the Harold Mixon Speech and Debate Invitational held at Louisiana State University from February 9-11. Competing with a partial squad against a field of over twenty colleges and universities from seven states, Cumberlands placed fifth in parliamentary debate, and eighth overall in individual events and debate, ranking ahead of other programs including the University of Miami (Fla.), Mercer University, Washington University, Texas State, Arkansas Tech, McNeese State, Xavier University, Louisiana State University and Mississippi College.

Coach Jay Bourne remarked, "Once again, I am pleased with the performance of our team. We met a lot of colleges and universities that we don't usually compete against, and to do as well as we did is a testament to the hard work we've put in throughout the year. Sara and Andy have reached out rounds in four out of the five tournaments this year, and our other debate teams have also performed consistently well."

Those receiving awards included sophomore Danny Lunsford of Harlan, Ky., who placed second in individual parliamentary debate, was the tournament runner up speaker in junior debate, and reached the quarterfinal round in competition. Additionally, the team of senior Sara Straub of Florence, Ky., and sophomore Andy Wolfe from Escondido, Calif., reached the quarterfinals, losing there to the eventual winning team from William Carey University. The other team of sophomores, Tim Riley of Georgetown, Ky., and Jamie Gregory of Elkhart, Ind., narrowly missed elimination rounds.

In individual events, Jamie Gregory placed third in program oral interpretation and sixth in after dinner speaking. Tim Riley placed third in informative speaking. Joe Owens, a junior from Hindman, Ky., placed fourth in after dinner speaking.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 118th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, graduate degrees and certifications in education as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for adults.