Speech Team Ranks Among Top at Tournament

The speech team brought several victories back from the Berea Cumberland Swing tournament. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

The speech team brought several victories back from the Berea Cumberland Swing tournament. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Emily Finlay, Public Relations Writer

November 7, 2013

Cedarville University’s speech team brought home a number of individual and team awards from the Berea Cumberland Swing tournament on Oct. 18-19, 2013.

The event consisted of two tournaments held over the two-day weekend event. Cedarville’s all-female team, which includes five freshmen, Rae McKee, from Nemo, S.D.; Raven Simmons from Middletown, Ohio; Abby Clark from Culpeper, Va.; Morgan Bergoon from Cary, N.C. and Rebecca Adams from Wadsworth, Ohio, and one junior, Breanna Schulenburg from Eden Prairie, Minn., placed individually in six categories on each day. Cedarville University won first place on the first day and second place on the second day in the tournament’s small school sweepstakes, which combines each member’s individual points to produce the school’s overall score.

Derrick Green, assistant professor of communications and forensic team coach, said he was very satisfied with the team’s performance.

“It is significant to me to have five freshmen on the team and still be competitively successful,” he said. “These are very talented young women, and to be this successful is very satisfying because of how young they are.”

Green said the team’s success belongs to the talented students and he is very happy with their work.

“I’m proud of the team,” he said. “And I’m privileged to be able to coach them.”

The team’s success at the tournament, said Green, opens doors and provides more opportunities for the team to be positive representation of the school, but it is not their main focus.

“It’s for the glory and honor of God,” he said. “We want to represent Him well and represent Cedarville well. That’s our overall goal.”

Tournament Results

Day One – Cumberland Invitational
Prose:
Abby Clark – Top Novice; 4th place overall

Dramatic Interpretation:
Abby Clark – 3rd Novice; 6th place overall
Rebecca Adams – 2nd Novice; 5th place overall

Extemporaneous:
Rebecca Adams – 2nd Novice
Breanna Schulenburg – 4th place

Informative:
Rae McKee – Top Novice; 3rd place overall
Persuasion:
Morgan Bergoon – 2nd Novice; 4th place overall

Impromptu:
Rae McKee – 3rd Novice
After-Dinner Speaking:
Raven Simmons – Top Novice; 1st place overall

Small School Sweepstakes
Cedarville University Forensics Team – 1st place


Day Two – John G. Fee Memorial
Prose:
Abby Clark– Top Novice

Dramatic Interpretation:
Rae McKee – 3rd novice
Rebecca Adams – 2nd novice; 3rd place overall

Extemporaneous:
Breanna Schulenburg – Semi Finals

Informative:
Rae McKee – 3rd Novice

Impromptu:
Breanna Schulenburg – Semi Finals
Rae McKee – Semi Finals; 3rd Novice
Morgan Bergoon – Semi Finals; 2nd Novice
Abby Clark – Top Novice; 6th place overall
After-Dinner Speaking:
Raven Simmons – 3rd Novice; 4th place overall

Small School Sweepstakes
Cedarville University Forensics Team – 2nd place

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