Last weekend, Bradley University hosted the 66th annual L.E. Norton Memorial Tournament, which is the largest collegiate invitational tournament of the fall semester. The tournament featured two divisions of extemporaneous speaking, open and novice. Open extemporaneous speaking was won by Matthew Roberts of Belmont University (TN), who defeated Amelia Martin of George Mason University (VA) on judges preference. Novice extemporaneous speaking was won by last year’s NFL International Extemporaneous Speaking national champion Nathan Leys of George Mason University, who defeated former Des Moines Roosevelt High School teammate Carolyn Evans of Western Kentucky University by two ranks in the final round.
In team sweepstakes, Western Kentucky University took first, George Mason University took second, and Ball State University took third. The next big tournament on the collegiate calendar is the fifteenth annual Hell Froze Over Swing Tournament, which is co-hosted by Bradley University and the University of Texas-Austin. The tournament will be held on January 12th and 13th.