A school record for most trophies in a season and top performances in the National Phi Rho Pi Forensics Tournament are the goals for the 12 members of the College of Eastern Utah's forensics squad, who gained a first-place tie with Utah Valley Community College against other Mountain West teams at the Phi Rho Pi Region III Speech Championship in Casper, Wyo.
The team of Scott Wardle and Brian Hall claimed the first place gold trophy, and teammates Tom Martin and Billy Thomas were third. In Lincoln/Douglas Debate, David Dayton was second, while Michelle Dimick captured the bronze.Dayton also earned a gold trophy in Impromptu and tied for the silver with Wardle in Extemporaneous Speaking. Dimick's performance in Persuasive Speaking added a third place bronze to the CEU winnings. Hall also tied with teammate Brian Hunt for third in Drama Interpretation.
Julie Taylor contributed victories in Communication Analysis and Poetry Interpretation, and Melissa Jewell brought home hardware in four events: an Oral Interpretation gold trophy, and bronzes in Communication Analysis, Impromptu and Poetry Interpretation.
The second-place finish in Prose Interpretation went to CEU's J.D. Conover, who also captured third place in Speaking to Entertain. Ronn Gilson's Informative speech put another first-place win in CEU's column. Although Aaron Southard missed trophies in three events by one point each, his cumulative speaker points were essential for CEU's strong finish against stiff competition from UVCC.
The national tournament is in Concord, Calif., this week. The school record of 110 trophies was established by the 1979-80 team.