The McKendree University Speech and Debate Team took home 24 awards, including 10 1st place finishes, over its two most recent tournaments at the University of Minnesota and Southwest Baptist University.
“This was an impressive start to the season,” said Joe Blasdel. “While this marks a successful start to the season, the team displayed a very high level of camaraderie at both tournaments – especially important with 10 new members this year.”
McKendree was one of three universities, including the University of Missouri and the host school, to attend the Minnesota Classic, hosted by the University of Minnesota on September 21-22. Representing McKendree were senior Adeja Powell; junior Haylee Christ; sophomores Mitch Deleel, Chandler Flesch, Caden Owens, and Rebecca Postula; and first-years Scott Anderson, Brian Duvendack, Kyle Garrett, and Isabella Strimling.
The team of Deleel and Powell posted a perfect 6-0 prelim record. After receiving a bye in quarterfinals, they defeated Minnesota teams in semifinals and finals to win the tournament. Owens and Postula went 5-1. They reached semifinals after receiving a bye in quarterfinals. Christ and Flesch posted a 3-3 record, just missing the break to quarterfinals, but were recognized as the top junior team at the tournament. Powell was 1st place varsity speaker, while Deleel place 5th. Owens was the top novice speaker, while Strimling took 3rd place.
14 colleges and universities, including the University of Nebraska, Truman State University, and Simpson College, attended the Derryberry Memorial Tournament, hosted by Southwest Baptist University, on October 5-6. Representing McKendree were seniors Rachael Hooven, Aliyah Smith, and Andrew Wagner; juniors Kate Maag, Lyndellia Mannie, and Isa Scaturro; sophomore Rebecca Postula; and first-years Kelsey Fann and Taylor Roth.
Wagner won 1st place in three public address events – communication analysis, after dinner speaking, and informative speaking. He also took 2nd in extemporaneous speaking and 4th in impromptu speaking, along with taking 2nd place in duo with Smith. In addition to placing 2nd in duo, Smith finished 2nd in programmed oral interpretation and 4th in drama. Maag took 2nd place in prose and 4th place in programmed oral interpretation. Mannie won 1st place in poetry, while Scaturro placed 4th in informative speaking. Finally, Hooven took 6th in drama. Wagner won 1st place in individual sweepstakes, while Smith placed 4th. As a program, McKendree won 1st place in individual events sweepstakes, while also placing 2nd in overall sweepstakes.
McKendree will next compete at its home debate tournament on October 19-21, while also competing in a speech tournament at the University of Central Missouri.