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Thundering Word fares well against nationally-ranked teams at event

Nov. 11, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Marshall University Thundering Word speech and debate team finished third in a two-day combined team sweepstakes event at West Chester University near Philadelphia Oct. 13-14.

Several nationally-ranked teams competed, including George Mason University and Lafayette College.

On the first day, during the alumni portion of the swing tournament, Marshall was sixth in the team sweepstakes competition. Individual finalists included: Christian Adams, a junior psychology/pre-med major from Ona, W.Va., sixth in Poetry Interpretation and sixth in Prose Interpretation; Victoria Ledford, a sophomore chemistry/pre-med major from Burnsville, W.Va., sixth in Communication Analysis; and Taryss Mandt, a freshman University College student from Arlington, Va., sixth in Programmed Oral Interpretation and fourth in Informative Speaking.

During the Honors portion of the swing tournament on second day, Marshall finished in third place in the team competition. Individual standouts included: Ledford placed second in Communication Analysis, second in Persuasion and fifth in Duo Interpretation with Adams, who also placed fifth in Poetry Interpretation; Mandt placed third in Programmed Oral Interpretation and third in Informative Speaking; Erin Jorden, a freshman history education major from Wheeling, W.Va., third in Poetry Interpretation; and Josh Gainer, a junior political science major, sixth in Poetry Interpretation.