The William Carey University forensics team recently placed first overall, winning in both speech and debate competition, and first in individual events at the Red River Swing Tournament at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.
During the tournament, which was held from November 6-8, Carey’s team was also awarded the 2015 Jarzabek Ethics Award and recognition as the tournament’s most ethical team. The ethics award recipient is selected by fellow teams competing in the tournament. Competitors in the tournament included, among others, LSU, the University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Tennessee State University and Texas Christian University.
Carey team members also won a number of individual awards. Treya Brown of Hattiesburg won first place in poetry interpretation while Kelseigh Redmon of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Nykila Norman of Greenville, South Carolina, placed first in duo interpretation. Balencia Crosby of Houston, Texas, won first in after-dinner speaking and first in prose interpretation. Farah Habad of Union City, California, was recognized as the top speaker in varsity debate while Kyle Wilhelm of Robinson, Texas, and Sarah Bonnewell of Camby, Indiana, were named octofinalists in novice debate.
The team, which is under the direction of Assistant Professor of Communication Jennifer Talbert, previously won third place in individual events at tournaments hosted by the University of Alabama and Ball State University in Indiana in October. In a September tournament at Western Kentucky University, the team placed first overall and third in individual events.