Speech and Debate Graduate Becomes National Champion in Forensics

Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumnus Jerome Gregory has been competing in the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament during the past week. This tournament was the end of his career in competitive speech at the collegiate level. Jerome entered the tournament in six events and advanced in ALL six! Jerome Gregory, class of 2013, is a senior at Bradley University.

  • After Dinner Speaking – Octafinalist
  • Extemporaneous Speaking – Quarterfinalist
  • Rhetorical Criticism – 5th place
  • Impromptu Speaking – 3rd place
  • Informative Speaking – 2nd place
  • Persuasive Speaking – NATIONAL CHAMPION
    (This is the same speech he won the AFA National Championship with 2 weeks ago!)
  • Individual Sweepstakes – NATIONAL CHAMPION

Jerome won 1st place in Persuasive Speaking! Check out this video, where Jerome was announced the national champion! In it, the tournament director speaks about Jerome’s work this year and his incredible forensics career.

His former Speech and Debate team coach at Ladue Schools, Molly Beck, was asked by his teammates to send him a letter of support to be given to him as a surprise while competing in his last tournament.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported Jerome throughout his time in Ladue, his two years on the speech and debate team at Ladue, and his four years on Bradley University’s speech team,” Molly said. “I cannot begin to put into words how grateful he is for every teacher who helped shape him into someone who loves to learn and who believed in him. He speaks frequently of his time at Ladue, and he is so appreciative of the support and encouragement all of you have sent him during his time at Bradley!”