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Senior Jana Miller Named First Team All-American at National Forensics Tournament
March 31, 2009
Sterling College forensics team member Jana Miller competed at the Pi Kappa Delta National Forensics Tournament with twelve other SC students this past weekend, and with them achieved the honor of a top ten team finish. Individually, Miller was also named a First Team All-American, one of only ten competitors to receive this honor.
To be considered for All-American honors, Miller had to demonstrate academic achievement and participate in community service. She also had to distinguish herself in national competition. In this year’s national tournament, Miller, a senior secondary education major with an art emphasis, advanced to the finals in all three of her events. In Prose she won her second Individual National Championship. Over the course of her college career Miller has captured five State Collegiate Championhips and advanced to the finals at the national PKD tournament four times. In the three years she has been a member of the Sterling College Forensics team, she advanced to the finals at every invitational tournament at which she competed.
“Jana has really earned this recognition, as a competitor and a person,” says Sterling College Head Forensics Coach Ken Troyer. “She has always had the dedication and determination of a champion. Her reputation precedes her even at the national level; there’s not a coach or competitor who isn’t aware of her prowess.”
Miller, a native of Alden, Kan., became involved with forensics when Ken Troyer, her speech teacher at Lyons High School, encouraged her to try it. Troyer later became the forensics coach at Sterling College, and Miller was able to work with him again when she entered Sterling as a sophomore. She says, “I have really enjoyed my time on the SC forensics team. It’s been exciting to be part of the birth of a new squad and watch it grow.”