Alumni

LHWHS Alumnus Gregory’s Art of Persuasion Leads to Victory at National Tournament

Jerome Gregory speaks to a crowd.

Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumnus Jerome Gregory, class of 2013, earned first place in Rhetorical Criticism and was named tournament champion in the Individual Sweepstakes at the 2015 American Forensic Association’s National Individual Events Tournament in Athens, Ohio, April 16-20, 2015. Jerome also placed second in Persuasive Speaking and third in After Dinner Speaking. He advanced to the semifinal round in Extemporaneous Speaking and was a quarterfinalist in Impromptu Speaking and Informative Speaking.

Earlier in the month, on April 3-6, 2015, Jerome earned sixth place in Communication Analysis at the 2015 American Forensic Association’s National Individual Events Tournament in Portland, Oregon. He also placed seventh in Individual Sweepstakes. He advanced to the semifinal round in After Dinner Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking and was a quarterfinalist in Informative Speaking and Persuasion.

During his junior and senior year at LHWHS, Jerome competed for the Talking Rams, the speech and debate team. His awards included third place in Original Oratory at the MSHSAA State Tournament; third place in Impromptu Speaking at the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament and advanced to the Top 30 in Original Oratory.

Jerome is in his second year at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, with a team scholarship. The American Forensic Association’s National Individual Events Tournament is the most prestigious and difficult tournament for collegiate speech teams.