Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

Thundering Word wins state speech and debate tournament again

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Victoria Ledford, a junior from Braxton, W.Va., was the overall individual champion this past weekend as she helped Marshall University’s Thundering Word win the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensic Association’s (WVIFA) state championship for the third consecutive year.

The speech and debate competition took place Feb. 22-23 on the campus of West Virginia University-Parkersburg. WVU-Parkersburg took second place, Alderson-Broaddus was third and Fairmont State was fourth.

Ledford, an honors pre-med chemistry major, placed first in Pentathlon, which is a student’s best five events, with 103 points. She also was fourth in Dramatic Interpretation; second in Poetry Interpretation; first in Duo Interpretation with Christian Adams; second in Persuasion, first in Rhetorical Criticism, second in Informative and fourth in Impromptu.

Marshall team members reached the final round in 43 of the 45 individual slots they had in the competition, winning first place in every individual event, second in 10 of the events and third in eight of them. The team dominated the rest of the state in the competition.

Other Marshall students in the competition were:

Marshall next competes in the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament in March and the NFA national tournament, which will be held in April on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
Fax: (304) 696-3197