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BSU speech team has best national tournament since 1972

Contributed by: Mary Moore
Published: Wednesday, 23 April 2014 3:00 PM
Last weekend, the Ball State University speech team finished 4th at the National Forensic Association national tournament and Senior Andrew Neylon won the Individual Sweepstakes Championship, which means he earned more points than any other speaker in the nation. Neylon is BSU's first pentathlon champion in our school's history. The tournament, held on the campus of Eastern Michigan University, hosted 86 schools and more than 1,800 entries this year. Fourteen students qualified for nationals and represented Ball State in 59 individual events. The team received 92 1st place ranks in preliminary rounds and 29 1st place ranks in elimination rounds. WKU was crowned team sweepstakes champion, Bradley University placed second, and the University of Texas at Austin placed third. Ball State University beat Illinois State University, Eastern Michigan University, Gustavus Adolphus College and Northwestern University. This victory is especially important as Ball State hasn't broken into the top 5 since 1972. Prior to this year, BSU's best finishes at NFA were in 2005 and 2013 when the team finished 7th place. Twelve individual events advanced to elimination rounds. Please join me in congratulating the following students:

Andrew Neylon
1st place Pentathlon (Individual Sweepstakes)
1st place Rhetorical Criticism
2nd place Impromptu Speaking
2nd place Extemporaneous Speaking
4th place After Dinner Speaking
4th place Persuasive Speaking
Semi Finalist Informative Speaking
Quarter Finalist Duo Interpretation with Conner

Berkley Conner
3rdplace After Dinner Speaking (Tied for 1st broken on speaker points)
Quarter Finalist Duo Interpretation with Neylon
Quarter Finalist Duo Interpretation with Pham

Huy Pham
3rd place Rhetorical Criticism
Semi Finalist After Dinner Speaking
Quarter Finalist Duo Interpretation with Conner

Bri Kirkham
Quarter Finalist in After Dinner Speaking

Qualifying students who earned preliminary points for the team: (Dayna Arnett, Mahnoor Ayesha, Kaitlyn Helmer, Becca Houser, Marcea McGuire, Megan Melton, Kathryn Overn, Ankit Patel, Malary Raef, & Kate Shaffer).

The BSU Speech team is coached by Mary Moore, Ashley Coker, Michelle Colpean, & David Martin. It is housed in the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Communication, Information & Media.

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Mary Moore
Director of Individual Events
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
(765) 285-1957