Distinguished Speakers

April 24, 2014

By Matt Hawkins

Bradley’s storied speech team claimed second-place finishes at the National Forensic Association and American Forensic Association championships in April. The young team finished behind Western Kentucky at both events and had one national champion.

Bradley scored 438 points at the April 4-7 American Forensic Association championship tournament in Tempe, Ariz., led by Morgan Green ‘14, who tied for the individual championship but took second on a tiebreaker.

In addition to Green’s top effort, Kaybee Brown ’14 finished sixth in the individual competition.

“We’ve established a tradition of excellence that puts us in a pretty good place to maintain,” said Forensics Director Ken Young ‘05. “It’s a challenge to stay on top.”

Bradley finished with 509 points at the April 17-21 NFA tournament in Ypsilanti, Mich., which was bested by Western Kentucky’s 845 points. The University of Texas-Austin finished third with 337 points.

In individual sweepstakes, Green finished fourth with 134 points, followed by Kaybee Brown ’14 eighth with 121 points and A.J. Curry ’14 ninth with 118 points.

This year’s squad boasted 18 first-time competitors on a roster of 26. Because of the team’s trophy-laden history, newcomers are hungry to return the top next year.

Bradley has won 41 team championships, with 22 at the AFA contest since 1980, including a sweep of the AFA and NFA championships in 2013. Students have also won 154 individual championships.

“No one expected us to do as well as we did because we have a young team,” said transfer Adam Rayzor ’15. “I’m excited for next year and to see the success our team is going to have in the years to come.”

Jerome Gregory ’17 embraced the challenge of keeping Bradley’s forensics tradition alive — even if that means extra work.

“It’s exhilarating,” he said. “It forces you to realize you always have to push harder, raise the bar for yourself and be more diligent to maintain success.”

Young credited his squad for meeting the demands of a competition schedule that is evolving to resemble a college athletics program with heavy travel and practice demands added to students’ academic load.

“There is a high demand on students to be traveling so extensively to bring recognition to the University and return home to face demands of other students,” he said. “It takes a huge toll, but these students are fierce competitors who come home to the obligations and take them in stride.”

American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament
April 5-7

Top Overall Speakers
Gabby Dillon, senior — 20th
Talan Tyminski, junior —12th
Kaybee Brown, senior — 6th
Morgan Green, senior — tied for championship, second on tiebreaker

Impromptu Speaking
Jerome Gregory, freshman — Quarterfinalist
Rebekah Gudeman, freshman — 5th

Prose Interpretation
Gabby Dillon, senior — Quarterfinalist
Morgan Green, senior — 2nd

Informative Speaking
Rebekah Gudeman, freshman — Semifinalist
Adam Rayzor, junior — 4th

Extemporaneous Speaking
Talan Tyminski, junior — 3rd

Program Oral Interpretation
Bryan Banuelos, junior — Quarterfinalist
Morgan Green, senior — Semifinalist
Kaybee Brown, senior — 2nd

Persuasive Speaking
Paige Ridgeway, sophomore — Quarterfinalist
Julia Rabin, sophomore — Quarterfinalist
Talan Tyminski, junior — Quarterfinalist
Rebekah Gudeman, freshman — Semifinalist
AJ Curry, senior — Semifinalist

Duo Interpretation
Savannah Jones, junior, and Dawne McClure, senior — Quarterfinalist
Kaybee Brown, senior, and Dawne McClure, senior — Semifinalist
Morgan Green, senior, and Gabby Dillon, senior — 6th

Dramatic Interpretation
Dawne McClure, senior — Quarterfinalist
Morgan Green, senior — Semifinalist
Gabby Dillon, senior — Semifinalist
Kaybee Brown, senior — 2nd

Poetry Interpretation
Kaybee Brown, senior — Quarterfinalist
Morgan Green, senior — Semifinalist

After Dinner Speaking
AJ Curry, senior — Semifinalist
Jerome Gregory, freshman — 5th
Lauren Galloway, sophomore — 3rd

Communication Analysis
Kitrina Baumgartner, junior — Quarterfinalist
AJ Curry, senior — Quarterfinalist
Julia Rabin, sophomore — Quarterfinalist
Jerome Gregory, freshman — Quarterfinalist
Abby Surprenant, freshman — Semifinalist
Talan Tyminski, senior — 4th

National Forensics Association Nationals
April 17-21

Top Individual Speakers
A.J. Curry, senior — 9th
Kaybee Brown, senior — 8th
Morgan Green, senior — 4th

Extemporaneous Speaking
Talan Tyminski, junior — Semifinalist

After Dinner Speaking
Jerome Gregory, freshman — Semifinalist
A.J. Curry, senior — Quarterfinalist

Prose Interpretation
A.J. Curry, senior — Quarterfinalist
Bryan Banuelos, junior — Semifinalist
Tyler Beall, sophomore — Semifinalist
Kaybee Brown, senior — 4th
Morgan Green, senior — 2nd

Informative Speaking
Lauren Galloway, sophomore — Quarterfinalist
Talan Tyminski, junior — 2nd
Adam Rayzor, junior — 1st

Poetry Interpretation
Dawne McClure, senior — Quarterfinalist
Kaybee Brown, senior — Semifinalist
Morgan Green, senior — Semifinalist

Rhetorical Criticism
Julia Rabin, sophomore — Quarterfinalist
Kitrina Baumgartner, junior — Quarterfinalist
Abby Surprenant, freshman — Semifinalist
Jerome Gregory, freshman — Semifinalist
AJ Curry, senior — 2nd

Persuasive Speaking
Abby Surprenant, freshman — Quarterfinalist
Lauren Galloway, sophomore — Quarterfinalist
Jerome Gregory, freshman — Semifinalist
AJ Curry, senior — 3rd

Dramatic Interpretation
Bryan Banuelos, junior — Semifinalist
Gabby Dillon, senior — Semifinalist
Morgan Green, senior — Semifinalist
Dawne McClure, senior — Semifinalist
Kaybee Brown, senior — 5th

Impromptu Speaking
Jerome Gregory, freshman — Quarterfinalist
Talan Tyminski, junior — Quarterfinalist

Dramatic Duo
Savannah Jones, junior, and Matt DuPuis, sophomore — Quarterfinalist
Savannah Jones, junior, and Dawne McClure, senior — Quarterfinalist
Kaybee Brown, senior, and Morgan Green, senior — Quarterfinalist
Kaybee Brown, senior, Dawne McClure, senior — Semifinalist
Adam Rayzor, junior, and Amanda Philio, senior — Semifinalist
Gabby Dillon, senior, and Morgan Green, senior — 3rd