BU Speech Team - 2012 State Champions

March 4, 2012

The Bradley University Speech Team won their 21st state title in the last 22 years during the March 2 and 3 Illinois Intercollegiate Forensic Associate State Tournament.  The tournament was held at Illinois Central College.  It was a resounding team victory and a great end to the regular competitive season.  

Bradley was allowed to enter four students in each event.

Winners are:

IMPROMPTU SPEAKING

5th - Talan Tyminski (freshman, Ballwin, MO)

3rd - Natalie Tomes (sophomore, Wheaton, IL)

2nd - Cate Cosme (senior, Plainfield, IL)

State Champion - Jacoby Cochran (junior, Chicago, IL)

 

INFORMATIVE SPEAKING

6th - Cate Cosme

5th - Camille Yameen (senior, Liberty, MO)

2nd - Rebi Roos (senior, Germantown Hills, IL)

State Champion - Jacoby Cochran

 

DRAMATIC INTERPRETATION

6th - Gabby Dillon (sophomore, South Holland, IL)

5th - Ryan Tinlin (junior, Dellroy, OH)

State Champion - Camille Yameen

 

PROSE INTERPRETATION

5th - Ryan Tinlin

4th - Camille Yameen

2nd - Ben Gaddis (junior, St. Charles, IL)

State Champion - Rebi Roos

 

COMMUNICATION ANALYSIS

6th - Blake Longfellow (senior, Newport Beach, CA)

4th - Cate Cosme

2nd - Ryan Tinlin

AFTER-DINNER SPEAKING

6th - Brooke Stevenson (junior, Fremont, CA)

2nd - Jacoby Cochran

State Champion - Mark Dorsey (senior, St. Louis, MO)

 

POETRY INTERPRETATION

4th - Junior Ocasio (junior, Cleveland, OH)

2nd - Cecil Blutcher (junior, Chicago, IL)

DUO INTERPRETATION

4th - Blake Longfellow / Camille Yameen

2nd - Jacoby Cochran / Justin Restaino (junior, Fullerton, CA)

State Champions - Cecil Blutcher / Ryan Tinlin

 

EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING

6th - Ben Gaddis

4th - Talan Tyminski

State Champion - Natalie Tomes

 

PROGRAM ORAL INTERPRETATION

4th - Justin Restaino

3rd - Gabby Dillon

2nd - Camille Yameen

State Champion - Cecil Blutcher

 

PERSUASION (ORATORY)

** This final is significant, as it determines the 2 students that will represent the state of Illinois at the Interstate Oratory Contest, the longest-running public speaking contest in the country.

4th - Jamie Hammond (junior, Claremont, CA)

State Champion - Jacoby Cochran

Jacoby will compete in April at the Interstate Oratorical Contest, the longest-running public speaking contest in the country. As the State Championship winner for Oratory, Jacoby is also the recipient of the Curt Byars award, which the IIFA created 3 years ago after the tragic death of BU (and BUST) alumnus Curt Byars

INDIVIDUAL SWEEPSTAKES (most points by a student in 5 events)

2nd - Camille Yameen

State Champion - Jacoby Cochran

 

OPEN TEAM SWEEPSTAKES

6th - Northwestern University (20 pts.)

5th - Illinois Central College (20 pts.)

4th - Northern Illinois University (55 pts.)

3rd - North Central College (56 pts.)

2nd - Illinois State University (155 pts.)

State Champions - Bradley University (345 pts.)

Bradley was also the recipient of the IIFA George Armstrong Award, which goes to the school that has accumulated the most points over the years at the State Tournament.

Congratulations team and coaches Dan Smith and Michael Chen on the incredible victory.   Off to nationals!