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Cumberland Debate Team Wins Tournament


Williamsburg, Ky.—University of the Cumberlands’ Speech and Debate Team took top honors at the Collegiate Forensics Association’s fall tournament held at Shepherd College, with thirteen colleges and universities competing from five states. Cumberland won over fifteen awards, most ever at a Collegiate Forensics Association Tournament attended by the University. The team also placed first in parliamentary debate and fourth overall in individual events, placing ahead of teams including Bloomsburg, Bridgewater, Fairmont, Ursinus, Brookdale, Shepherd, Cedar Crest, Lock Haven, Lord Fairfax, Randolph Macon and Alderson Broaddus.

Speech and Debate Team Coach Jay Bourne said, “Considering the fact there is only one senior and one junior on the team, I am extremely pleased with our performance at our first tournament this year. Our theme for this year is bigger and better, and we hope to defend our Christian College national championship title that we won last year.”

Individual winners include:

Sara Straub, a junior from Covington, Ky., received tournament champion honors for her first place finish in debate with teammate Aprile Keith and an award for second place debate speaker.

Aprile Keith, a senior from London, Ky., received tournament champion honors for her first place finish in debate with teammate Sara Straub and an award for fourth place debate speaker.

Joe Owens, a sophomore, from Hazard, Ky., placed second in dramatic interpretation, second in duo interpretation with teammate Jon West, third in poetry interpretation and fourth in pentathlon, an overall individual competition.

Jon West, a senior from Hopkinsville, Ky., placed second in duo interpretation with teammate Joe Owens.

Jamie Gregory, a freshman from Elkhart, Ind., placed third in debate, first and tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and fourth in prose interpretation.

Kacie Shantz, a sophomore from Stafford, Va., placed third in debate with teammate Jamie Gregory.

Three freshmen team members who also contributed to the team’s overall ranking are Andy Wolfe (Escondido, Calif.), Danny Lunsford (Evarts, Ky.), and Tim Riley (Owensboro, Ky).

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Ky., is a private liberal arts college in its 116th year of operation. Cumberland offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and 9 pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, non-traditional programs for busy adults.