Speech Team Recognized for National Championship

by Ryan Bower, Assistant Director of Public Relations

More than a year after bringing home the National Christian College Invitational Division II national championship, Cedarville University’s forensic speech team is still earning recognition in the community.

Last month, the team was recognized at the Greene County Annual Report to the Community Breakfast where the board of commissioners issued a resolution honoring the team for its 2014 championship.

The team was also recognized in a letter from Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and received a congratulatory note from state representative Michael Turner. In addition, Cedarville mayor Robert J. Fudge declared that April 24 was Cedarville Speech Team Day in the village of Cedarville.

"I have been blessed by God with the opportunity to coach quality students who represent Cedarville University well in honoring God's name, serving God's kingdom, and doing God's will,” said Derrick Green, assistant professor of communications and forensics coach.

A perennial powerhouse in collegiate speech competitions, Cedarville earned 178 points at the 2014 national tournament in California, easily distancing itself from runner-up Biola University (146 points) and third-place Vanguard University (129 points).

Cedarville posted 12 top-10 and nine top-five finishes at the event, and Abby Clark (sophomore, Culpepper, Va.) was crowned the national champion in dramatic interpretation.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.