The Butler Speech and Debate team placed sixth at the Indiana Individual Events Tournament Feb. 19 at Ball State University. Junior Matt Miller of Boonville, Ind., won third place in the extemporaneous speaking competition. Sophomore Kelsey Coy of Bloomington, Ind., took sixth place in rhetorical criticism.

Miller is majoring in religion, communication studies, and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; Coy, in biology, chemistry, and Spanish.

Miller, Coy, Lauren Lupkowski and Andrew Wray will compete in the National Forensic Association Tournament April 14 at Illinois State University. A junior, Lupkowski is a biology and communications studies major from Minneapolis. Wray is a sophomore from Avon, Ind., majoring in political science, communication studies and history.

More than 300 students will take part in 11 speaking events at the national tournament. Butler University will be represented in rhetorical criticism, dramatic interpretation, after dinner speaking, extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking.

Lupkowski also recently won the Indiana State Individual Events Association Scholarship in Communication Essay Contest and a $100 award with her paper, “The Impact of The Last Lecture.” She originally wrote this paper for Dr. Casey Kelly’s Rhetorical Criticism class. 

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