The Black Hills State University forensics squad dominated at the Eleanor McGovern Invitational Tournament held in Mitchell recently. The triangular meeting of BHSU, Dakota Wesleyan University, and Macalister College ended with a sweep of the top three places for the BHSU team.

Cara Bandalos, sophomore English major from Guernsey, Wyo., and Karen Morehouse, sophomore English major from Ft. Meade, registered their second consecutive perfect record to place first.  

Krystal Brunner, freshman pre-law major from Nisland, teamed with Taylor Hilton, sophomore speech communications major from Rapid City, to place second.

Jim Stith, sophomore history major from Newcastle, Wyo., and Paul Eisenbraun, senior speech communications major from Gordon, Neb., took third.

The BHSU team was also represented by Clayton Greub, junior pre-law major from Black Hawk and Garrett Sheldon, freshman from Rapid City.

The tournament was the first meeting of the Upper Midwest Debate League. The league attempts to focus the educational benefits of debate through the use of restricted propositions and lay judges.

Charles Follette, BHSU professor and forensics director, was understandably pleased with the results. “It’s always nice to win,” he said, “but even nicer to be in an environment where others share ones vision of the activity and pursue the same goals. The people and competition were just super,” Follette say. “I certainly hope the effort continues and grows.”