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Showcase to highlight Lincoln Speech and Debate team

The NDSU Lincoln Speech and Debate team's annual Showcase is scheduled Tuesday, April 19, from 7 p.m. to 8 pm in Minard 116. The campus community and the public are invited.

"Our team will perform a sampling of their award-winning speeches from this season," said Najla Amundson, assistant professor of communication and director of forensics. "In addition, our champion debaters will do a short debate demo arguing the resolution 'Student-athletes should be paid salaries.' "

The 2015-16 team members include:

• Gabriel Eronmosele, a sophomore nursing major from Abuja, Nigeria

• Mathew Justin, a freshman mechanical engineering major from New Brighton, Minnesota

• Ruben Flores, a sophomore music and international studies major from East Grand Forks, Minnesota

• Hanna Stout, a freshman English education major from Devils Lake, North Dakota

• Jon Bell-Clement, a junior zoology/art major from Fargo

• Jared Melville, a freshman majoring in business administration from Fargo

• Mariah Taylor, a sophomore musical theater major from Anoka, Minnesota

• Eric Thibert, a sophomore anthropology major from Fargo

• Christian Weber, a sophomore philosophy major from Bismarck, North Dakota

• Hannah Keogh, a freshman strategic communication major from Fargo

• Austin Breuer, a freshman chemistry major from Shakopee, Minnesota

• Jacob Lynch, a sophomore strategic communication major from Fargo

This season, the team earned seven team awards, 24 first-place awards and 105 individual awards while qualifying 10 events for national competition. The Showcase also will feature a poetry program by Taylor on racism, an informative speech by Melville on the science of head transplantation and a program by Flores about Facebook’s memory.

NDSU had the top two speakers overall at the combined state championship, with Flores earning first place and Eronmosele placing second. Stout was state champion in Prose, Flores state champion in Drama and Poetry and Eronmosele was state champion in Extemporaneous.

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