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Speech and debate team wins big again

Simpson tops field of 21, wins overall team sweepstakes at Derryberry Season Opener tournament


The Simpson College speech and debate team won the virtual Southwest Baptist University Derryberry Season Opener tournament Oct. 2-3, besting a field of 21 colleges and universities from across the country. Simpson was also named the top Pi Kappa Delta chapter at the tournament.

Simpson won the overall speech and debate sweepstakes with 200 team points, ahead of the University of Central Missouri and Webster University. The win marks the second in a row for the program, which won the debate competition at last week’s Queen’s College Big Apple Tournament.

“This is the best season start for our speech and debate program,” said Spencer Waugh, director of the speech, debate and mock trial. “It is through the combined efforts of a very talented first-year class and a seasoned varsity squad that they have achieved these results. We are excited about the rest of the season.”

Mo Marks led Simpson with six individual awards, including champion and top novice of extemporaneous speaking. Marks also finished as top novice of impromptu speaking and communication analysis. Trenity Rosenberg, Andrew Flory, Scout Peery and Scott Krueger closed out the semifinal bracket of junior varsity Lincoln–Douglas to win the division. Flory earned top speaker honors in junior varsity Lincoln–Douglas.

Following three straight competitions, Simpson will enjoy a weekend off. The team returns to action Oct. 16-17 at the Mule  Invitational hosted by the University of Central Missouri.

Overall Team Points
1. Simpson College, 200
2. University of Central Missouri, 143
3. Webster University, 142

Individual Results
Mo Marks: champion, extemporaneous speaking
Mo Marks: top novice, extemporaneous speaking
Faithyna Leonard: program oral interpretation, fifth
Elise Sturgeon: after dinner speaking, fifth
Mo Marks: impromptu speaking, top novice
Shelby McCasland: program oral interpretation, top novice
Mo Marks: communication analysis, second
Mo Marks: communication analysis, top novice
Mo Marks: quadrathon, fifth
Trenity Rosenberg, Andrew Flory, Scout Peery, and Scott Krueger: junior varsity Lincoln–Douglas, champions
Andrew Flory: junior varsity Lincoln–Douglas, top speaker
Scout Peery: junior varsity Lincoln–Douglas, fifth speaker
Drake Wood and Pascasie Redhage: public forum debate, semifinalists
Casey Spring and Danielle Blake: public forum debate, quarterfinalists
Danielle Blake: public forum debate, third speaker
Contact Information
Cathy Cole, Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Communication
Direct: 515-961-1595
Email: cathy.cole@simpson.edu