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ACU students win honors at forensics tournament

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March 24, 2004

Four Abilene Christian University students received honors at the National Christian College Forensics International held March 12-14 at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio.

Kevin Gillespie, freshman biology major from Roscoe, placed first in the novice national division of Lincoln-Douglas debate.  This win qualifies him to attend the National Forensic Association's national tournament at Western Illinios University in Macomb, Ill., April 16-19.

Lincoln Douglas debate is a one-on-one policy debate that concerns a national topic which comes out yearly.  This year's topic involves increasing environmental regulations on industrial pollution.

Three other students placed at the tournament as well.  Josh Massingill, a freshman political science major from Abilene, placed sixth in novice extemporaneous speaking.  Chris Daughtery, freshman education major from Abilene, placed fourth in novice poetry and fifth in dramatic interpretation.  Ben Stevens, a senior theatre major from Abilene, placed third in the open division of Lincoln Douglas debate.

Other students who have qualified at past tournaments to attend the National Forensic Association's national tournament are Ben Stevens and Elizabeth Alvarez, both qualified in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Sally Gary, instructor of communication and director of forensics, said, "It's a big deal to qualify for a national tournament because you have to place as one of the top two debaters in the tournament.  It's a wonderful feeling to see Kevin, who's worked hard all year, qualify even though he hasn't had the experience of other students; he has been very diligent."

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