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Speech and debate team earn awards

Apr. 07, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's speech and debate team received team sweepstakes awards at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament last month at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo.

Marshall received three team sweepstakes awards and two individual national championships to help it place seventh among 86 teams and was one of seven schools awarded a superior rating in individual events. The team also placed ninth in combined sweepstakes and 15th in debate sweepstakes.

Team sweepstakes awards are determined by point totals in the speech category, the debate category and the combination of speech and debate categories.

Taryss Mandt, a freshman University College major from Arlington, Va., was the top superior in Informative Speaking. He also received awards of excellence in After-Dinner Speaking and Programmed Oral Interpretation.

Matt Osteen, a sophomore pre-med chemistry major honors college student from Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was the national champion in International Public Debate. He also received an award of excellence in International Public Debate Association debate.

Victoria Ledford, a sophomore pre-med honors chemistry major from Burnsville, W.Va., received a superior rating in Persuasive Speaking and received awards of excellence in Informative, Impromptu and Rhetorical Criticism.

n Christian Adams, a junior pre-med honors psychology major from Culloden, W.Va., received awards of excellence in After-Dinner Speaking, Poetry and Dramatic Duo with Marji McCoy, a sophomore pre-med honors biology major from Beckley, W.Va.

McCoy received a top presiding officer in Legislative Debate.

Josh Gainer, a junior political science major from Parkersburg, W.Va., received a superior rating in Prose Interpretation. He also won the top legislative debater award and a top presiding officer award in Legislative Debate. He received awards of excellence in Dramatic Interpretation and Poetry.

Garrett Walker, a sophomore pre-med sociology/anthropology and Spanish double-major from Shady Spring, W.Va., received a superior rating in Rhetorical Criticism and an award of excellence in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Erin Jorden, a freshman from Wheeling, W.Va., received awards of excellence in Prose and Poetry Interpretation.

Marshall hosts the NFA National Tournament April 18-22.