EIU Speech Team Continues Success in Final Tournaments of 2015

The EIU Speech had excellent showings on Nov. 7/8 and 14/15 at their final two tournaments of 2015.

At the 68th annual L.E. Norton Memorial Tournament at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. the team had their best placing in over ten years. The showing included Marques Brown appearing in the quarterfinals of Prose and Austin Mejdrich in the semifinals of Impromptu. Brown and Mejdrich finished in front of 100 and 70 other competitors respectively.

The tournament is by invitation and the largest collegiate speech tournament in the nation. According to the Bradley University newspaper, “The Scout,” 41 teams from 20 states attended the event. These teams spanned from across the entire country including universities from California, Florida, Texas and Nebraska.

The team’s final tournament of the 2015 fall semester was the debut City of Cedars Swing Tournament at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill. They competed against 14 other universities and colleges from a multi-state area.

The Speech Panthers’ success in the tournament demonstrated the overall strength of the team as five team members reached final events. Mejdrich won both the Informative and Persuasion events. He also took fourth place in Extemporaneous and fifth place in Impromptu. Brown placed second in Program Oral Interpretation and fifth in prose. Edwyn Mitchell placed third in Persuasion, Cheyenne Flores placed sixth in Persuasion and Sam Gilbert placed third in Pentathlon. The Pentathlon is the total score of five combined events.

In the spring 2016 semester, the EIU Speech Team will look to continue their success from 2015 at the UIUC/UIS Swing (Champaign, Ill. / Feb. 6-7), the Pi Kappa Delta Nationals (Lexington, Ky. / March 17-20) and NFA Nationals (Muncie, Ind. / April 14-18).


The Speech Panthers display their hardware at the City of Cedars Swing Tournament at McKendree University in November 2015.



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