Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

Speech and debate team records historic performance at national tournament

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – For the first time since 1991, Marshall University’s speech and debate team received team sweepstakes awards at a national tournament last weekend at Webster University in St. Louis.

Marshall received three team sweepstakes awards and two individual national championships to help it place seventh among 86 teams in the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament. Marshall Coach Danny Ray labeled his team’s performance as “tremendous.”

“All of the hard work is starting to pay off,” Ray said. “And none of them graduate this year, they’ll all be back.”

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

Marshall’s Taryss Mandt, a freshman University College major from Arlington, Va., was the top superior in Informative Speaking. Matt Osteen, a sophomore pre-med chemistry major honors college student from Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was the national champion in International Public Debate.

Marshall was one of seven schools awarded a superior rating in individual events. It also placed ninth in combined sweepstakes and 15th in debate sweepstakes.

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Marshall hosts the NFA National Tournament April 18-22.

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