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Speech team places second at Amherst College’s Jack Lynch Invitational

Simpson takes runner-up honors out of 19 colleges and universities


A small group of Simpson College speech team members earned second place in Amherst University’s virtual Jack Lynch Invitational held Nov. 7. 

Mo Marks finished as the tournament’s top overall champion, winning the extemporaneous speaking, persuasive speaking and impromptu speaking categories. Simpson also received a championship performance from Elise Sturgeon in the after-dinner speaking category. 

"This is a terrific accomplishment for such a small group of students,” said Deano Pape, assistant director of speech and debate. “Eighty percent of our speech entries were recognized as finalists. Simpson College continues to excel during an incredibly challenging time for virtual competitions."

Marks finished second in informative speaking while Sturgeon came in second in prose interpretation. Kylie Doupnik added a second-place effort in persuasive speaking and placed third in dramatic interpretation. 

The team will compete next Nov. 13-15 in the Simpson Storm Invitational. 

Individual Results:
Triathlon: Mo Marks, top overall champion at the tournament
Extemporaneous Speaking: Mo Marks, tournament champion
Persuasive Speaking: Mo Marks, tournament champion
Impromptu Speaking: Mo Marks, tournament champion
After Dinner Speaking: Elise Sturgeon, tournament champion 
Persuasive Speaking: Kylie Doupnik, second place 
Prose Interpretation: Elise Sturgeon, second place 
Informative Speaking: Mo Marks, second place 
Dramatic Interpretation: Kylie Doupnik, third place  
Contact Information
Cathy Cole, Vice President for Marketing and Strategic Communication
Direct: 515-961-1595
Email: cathy.cole@simpson.edu