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November 6, 2003

ULM Speech Team Wins in Missouri

The University of Louisiana at Monroe's Speech and Debate Forum continued its successful season with a 3rd place overall finish at the Central Missouri State University Speech Tournament. The competition featured eleven of the top speech programs from Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Oklahoma. The tournament, hosted by Central Missouri State University, was held in Warrensburg, Missouri on October 31st - November 1st.
Team captain Isaac Henderson, who won the championships in both Dramatic Interpretation and Program of Oral Interpretation, led the team. Henderson also finished as a finalist in Poetry Interpretation and Communication Analysis, en route to a 5th place Pentathlon finish. Other ULM team members earning honors as finalists were Lashonda Williams in Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking, Tara Bouchie in Informative Speaking, Kymberleigh Bell in Persuasive Speaking, and Amy Wilson in Impromptu Speaking. Also contributing to the team's performance were Lucia Anderson and Kina Reed.

With their strong performances, Kymberleigh Bell, Tara Bouchie, Lashonda Williams and Amy Wilson have now joined team captains Isaac Henderson and Nick Hirsch in qualifying events for the National Forensics Association National Championship Tournament, to be held next spring in Providence, Rhode Island.

Head coach Bob Alexander noted "this team is rapidly developing a reputation as one of the strongest in the south. At this weekend's tournament, the team earned more points per student than any other team at the tournament. The only thing that kept us from walking away from the tournament with a team championship was the financial resources to travel as many students as the larger programs represented here."

The team will now take one week off from competition as they prepare to close out the semester at the Louisiana State University ­ Shreveport and Louisiana Tech University tournaments November 14-16, in Shreveport.

The ULM Speech and Debate Forum is open to any undergraduate student, and no prior experience is required. If you are interested in finding out more about the team, you are encouraged to contact Bob Alexander at 342-1462.

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