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Speech team third at Bradley University tournament

Miami’s speech team made its best showing to date at the Bradley University National Invitational Speech Tournament earlier this month, coming in third after losing second place to the University of Texas by only one point. Illinois State won first place.

The Bradley tournament is always considered the toughest regular season tournament in all of competitive speech, says Bond Benton (communication), adding that "since Bradley will host the national tournament this year, the competition was far beyond even its previously high standards."

Senior Chris Lahna placed first in Communication Analysis for a record third straight year at the Bradley tournament. He also was fourth in Informative Speaking.

Senior Maria Cornett placed first in Persuasive Speaking for the second straight year. She also came in third in Informative Speaking.

Junior Meredith Schnug placed second in Extemporaneous Speaking and third in Communication Analysis.

Freshman Leah Wessman was fifth in Poetry Interpretation, freshmen Kiana Williams placed first in Novice Persuasive Speaking and freshman George Paul Reichert was sixth in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking.

Miami also accounted for three of the five top overall speakers at the tournament. These top students who competed in multiple events included Lahna, Schnug and Cornett.

"This is one of the proudest traditions at Miami," says Benton of the team’s 92-year history on campus. "We have been the Division I National Champions for the last three years, and I look for that streak to continue along with our 20-plus years of consecutive top 10 finishes nationally."

Date Published: 11/29/2001
Volume: 21   Number: 17

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