Butler senior Matt Miller and junior Andrew Wray placed first and second overall in the O’Donnell Parliamentary Debate tournament Nov. 4 at Marietta College in Ohio.

Miller and Wray took second place honors in the team portion of the Friday competition, and fifth place in a separate Duo event held the next day at Marietta. Wray also placed second in Editorial Impromptu.

On Saturday, senior Lauren Lupkowski earned fourth place in Rhetorical Criticism, and junior Molly Kordas earned sixth in Dramatic Interpretation. Twelve schools from four states participated in the weekend.

The Butler team will compete in seven tournaments this fall, including ones already held at Purdue University, Berea College, Northwestern and Illinois State University.

“There are 10 students on the team from many majors including biology, political science and education,” said team advisor Janis Crawford, director of forensics in the College of Communication. “We’ll travel to five tournaments in the spring, including those sponsored by the National Forensics Association and Pi Kappa Delta (PKD).”

Butler recently joined PKD, a public speaking and debate honor socety for university undergradautes and a professional organization for graduates.

Butler will host three tournaments in early 2012, including a state competition for parliamentary debate and individual events in February, and the Public Forum nationals in March.

Media contact: Mary Ellen Stephenson(317) 940-6944mestephe@butler.edu