category: Campus News

Sweeping the nation

(March 9, 2016) – When all was said and done, the results were unprecedented.

Carson-Newman University’s forensics team took the top five places at the 19th annual National Christian College Forensics Invitational held in San Diego, California. “They said they thought it was the first time that this had ever happened in the history of the tournament,” said Coach Chip Hall, who noted the event hosted some 200 participants.

The final results led the squad to be crowned national champions Monday, March 7.

Coach Chip Hall said he was incredibly pleased with his team’s domination at the event. “We finished in first place with a total of 505 points,” said Hall following the event. “Second place came in at 323 points. I just couldn’t be prouder of this team.”

Carson-Newman students who took the top five spots were Kyle Summers, first place; Abby Strickland, second place; Louis Murray, third place; Theresa Anderson, fourth place; and Erica Hesson, fifth place.

The event drew some 20 colleges and universities from across the country. Schools included Whitworth University, Colorado Christian University, Cedarville University, Grand Canyon University, Kansas Wesleyan, Biola University and Liberty University.

“We brought 11 students,” explained Hall. “Five were the top five at the tournament, but every one of our students advanced beyond their preliminary round.”

Carson-Newman’s national title comes on the heels of winning the state last month at the Tennessee Intercollegiate Forensics Association Championship.

Previous Post

Scripts, screens and justice

Next Post

Exploring the rich literary soil nurturing "Affrilachia's" roots

Related Posts

  • Campus News

    Carson-Newman University celebrates winter graduates

    Carson-Newman University celebrated some 190 graduates during its Winter Commencement on Thursday, Dec. 7. Families gathered at the Sevierville Convention Center to watch their students receive their degrees.  Gatlinburg’s Ken Jenkins, a […]

  • Campus News

    Carson-Newman Army ROTC holds Branch Night, celebrates senior class

    Carson-Newman University held its annual Army ROTC held Branch Night. The event celebrates the revealing of the senior class’s branching and components as they continue their pursuits to be future […]

  • Campus News

    Carson-Newman honors alumnus with Sparks Award, touted as “difference maker”

    Carson-Newman University presented 1987 alumnus Dr. Jeff Lovingood with the 2023 Ken Sparks Award. The honor was announced during C-N’s Alumni and Friends Dinner on Nov. 14 at the Chattanooga […]