MU debate team wins consecutive competitions
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
Victoria Ledford, first
Juliet Djietror, second
Marji McCoy, top novice
Josh Gainer and Alyssa Hager, sixth
Victoria Ledford, semifinalist
Kai Stewart, semifinalist
Garrett Walker, excellence award
Christian Adams, excellence award
Juliet Djietror, second
Devan Sample, excellence award
Christian Adams, second
Devan Sample, third
Logan Spence, excellence award and top novice
Taryss Mandt, excellence award
Garrett Walker, semifinalist
Victoria Ledford and Devan Sample, first
Christian Adams and Marji McCoy, fourth
Alyssa Hager and Logan Spence, top novice
Alyssa Hager, second and top novice
Garrett Walker, fourth
Alyssa Hager, first and top novice
Christian Adams, sixth
Taryss Mandt, semifinalist
Garrett Walker, sixth
Programmed Oral Interpretation
Taryss Mandt, sixth
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