Butler University Debate Team placed third out of seven schools competing in Sunday’s Indiana Forensics Association State Parliamentary Debate tournament at IUPUI. The team of Andrew Wray and Kelsey Coy finished fifth overall in the Varsity division, just missing the semifinal round.

In the parliamentary debate junior division, the freshman-team of Anthony Ranieri and Phillip Tock placed second overall. They lost on a 3-2 decision in the championship round versus an IUPUI team against whom they had won an earlier decision in the tournament.

Ranieri received the third place individual speaker award. Recent debate team recruits Funmi Arogbokun and Delany Foreman observed debates and hope to make their tournament debut in next few weeks.

Speech tournament competitors, left to right, Marcus Harvey, Anthony Ranieri, Ciara Williams, Andrew Wray, Molly Kordas, Funmi Arogbokun, and Amanda Lewis.

Honors in Speech EventsButler’s Speech Team members also earned individual honors in the Tournament’s speech events on Saturday. Eight Butler students competed in 13 different speech events and against seven other schools the day before.

Senior Andrew Wray reached finals in Extemporaneous Speaking where he placed sixth. Junior Marcus Harvey placed sixth in After Dinner Speaking, and newcomer Arogbokun placed sixth in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking. 

Harvey and Maggie Smith will compete in the Public Forum Nationals at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, this weekend.

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