UAM Debate Places Second In Tennesse State Tournament

Members of the UAM debate team and their coaches with trophies won at last week’s Tennessee State University Music City Swing 2014 Tournament are (from left, front row) Keith Milstead, ChrisBrown, Eddie Weaver, Breanna Taylor, Jim Evans, (second row, from left) Kelly Reed, Brittany Halley, Tanisha Smith, April Wright, and Kaitlyn Lybrand. (Photo Courtesy of Media Services)

Members of the UAM debate team and their coaches with trophies won at last week’s Tennessee State University Music City Swing 2014 Tournament are (from left, front row) Keith Milstead, ChrisBrown, Eddie Weaver, Breanna Taylor, Jim Evans, (second row, from left) Kelly Reed, Brittany Halley, Tanisha Smith, April Wright, and Kaitlyn Lybrand. (Photo Courtesy of Media Services)

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MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s debate team placed second in the overall sweepstakes competition at the Tennessee State University Music City Swing 2014 in Nashville last week.

The event consisted of two complete debate tournaments called “A Little Bit Country” and “A Little Bit Rock-N-Roll,” which featured individual and combined scores from both competitions. Joining the UAM debate team were teams from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Union University, the University of South Carolina, Alderson Broaddus University, Middle Tennessee State University, and host Tennessee State.

UAM placed second in the sweepstakes competition in the “A Little Bit Country” tournament and third in the “A Little Bit Rock-N-Roll” competition to take second in the combined sweepstakes.

Individual awards in the varsity division went to Kelly Reed, a senior political science and communications major from Bella Vista, and April Wright, a sophomore political science and modern languages major from Conway. Wright was named the first place individual speaker in both tournaments while Reed was the third place speaker in “A Little Bit Country” and fifth in “A Little Bit Rock-N-Roll” while earning the overall third place speaker award.

Graduate student and assistant debate coach Chris Brown of Siloam Springs won five awards in the professional division, including two first place speaker awards. Assistant coach Keith Milstead, also competing in the professional division, won two first place speaker awards and was the overall top speaker.

Other UAM students competing were Eddie Weaver, a sophomore physical education major from DeWitt, Kaitlyn Lybrand, a freshman psychology major from Sheridan, Breanna Taylor, a sophomore education major from North Little Rock, Brittany Halley, a junior communications major from Monticello, and Tanisha Smith, a junior political science major from Hamburg.

For more information, contact Jim Evans, director of debate and forensics, at (870) 460-1589.

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