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MU debate team wins consecutive competitions

Feb. 02, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's speech and debate team, the Thundering Word, posted its third victory of its season last weekend at an competition in St. Louis.

The weekend victory at Webster University's 16th Annual Gorlock Invitational was the second consecutive tournament win for the team.

Thundering Word Coach Danny Ray said he is proud of the students' success.

"We have had tremendous success this year and hope it turns into a successful national tournament season, which is in March and April," said Danny Ray, coach of the Thundering Word. "Marshall placed first in Individual Event Sweepstakes, and second in Combined Speech and Debate Sweepstakes. We had the top three places in pentathlon, which is awarded to the top students in the tournament that have at least five events and at least one in each genre of competition."

Earlier this month, the team won the RedHawk Rumble Invitational Tournament hosted by Miami University on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, and three students from the team won Individual Sweepstakes Awards, meaning they were three of the best speakers overall in the tournament. To be eligible for this award, students had to enter four or more events.

Top finishers for MU

Persuasive Speaking

Victoria Ledford, first

Juliet Djietror, second

Marji McCoy, top novice

Improvisational Pairs

Josh Gainer and Alyssa Hager, sixth

Impromptu Speaking

Victoria Ledford, semifinalist

Kai Stewart, semifinalist

Garrett Walker, excellence award

Christian Adams, excellence award

Dramatic Interpretation

Juliet Djietror, second

Devan Sample, excellence award

Poetry Interpretation

Christian Adams, second

Devan Sample, third

Logan Spence, excellence award and top novice

Taryss Mandt, excellence award

Extemporaneous Speaking

Garrett Walker, semifinalist

Dramatic Duo

Victoria Ledford and Devan Sample, first

Christian Adams and Marji McCoy, fourth

Alyssa Hager and Logan Spence, top novice

Informative Speaking

Alyssa Hager, second and top novice

Garrett Walker, fourth

Prose Interpretation

Alyssa Hager, first and top novice

Christian Adams, sixth

Taryss Mandt, semifinalist

Communication Analysis

Garrett Walker, sixth

Programmed Oral Interpretation

Taryss Mandt, sixth

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