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Drury to Host National Speech and Debate Tournament

For Immediate Release: April 9

Dr. Curt Gilstrap
Assistant Professor of Communications
Office: (417) 873-4068

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 9, 2009— Drury University is co-hosting the nation’s largest intercollegiate national speech and debate tournament. The finals of the National Forensics Association will be at Drury on Monday, April 20. The preliminaries of the event will take place on Missouri State University’s campus April 16-19. The events are free and open to the public.

More than 800 people are expected to converge on Springfield to participate in ten different speech categories and a Lincoln-Douglas style debate. The event will incorporate students from Division I-IV schools. Drury won the Lincoln-Douglas debate event in 2008.

“Speech and Debate has become an important additive curriculum in many collegiate careers,” says Curt Gilstrap, assistant professor of communication. “This is because it provides professional preparation of a combination of skill sets including critical thinking, public speaking and research.”

Qualified judges are also needed for the debate. If you are interested in participating, please contact Curt Gilstrap at