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BHSU’s speech and debate team places third in competition

Black Hills State University’s speech and debate team recently finished third in the team sweepstakes at the Pioneer Trail Forensics Competition at Casper College in Casper, Wyo.
The following students competed in the competition:

  • Nicole Faas, sophomore political science major from Rapid City, earned first in Novice Debate, first Overall Speaker, and second in Duo.
  • Lauren Barrett, sophomore English major from Rapid City, was first in Novice Debate, fifth Overall Speaker, and second in Duo.
  • Damian Beartusk, sophomore general studies major from Spearfish, earned a quarterfinalist position in Novice Debate and eighth Overall Speaker.
  • Nick Gale, freshman accounting major from Spearfish, was a quarterfinalist in Novice Debate.
  • Melissa Rogers, senior English and speech communication major from Spearfish, was first in Duo.
  • Tytus Spivey, freshman psychology major from Lusk, Wyo., was first in Duo.
  • Casie Hardin, junior general studies major from Spearfish, earned second in Prose.
  • Janette Foreman, senior English major from Spearfish, was fourth in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Brittney Seitz, sophomore political science major from Black Hawk, and Elizabeth Leonhardt, freshman history major from Mansfield, also contributed to the overall score of the team.

The team is coached by Dr. Ryan Clark, who was very pleased with the results of this opening round and is looking forward to building on the experience learned at this tournament.

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