Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

Marshall places second in Individual Events Sweepstakes at UK

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s Thundering Word Speech and Debate Team placed second in Individual Events Sweepstakes this past weekend at the Bluegrass Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.

Fourteen teams competed, including Bowling Green State University, which finished first, and Carson-Newman University, which was third. Some of the other teams in the tournament were Ohio University, Texas Christian University, the University of Kentucky and Alderson Broaddus University.

“This is the best team finish we have had this season and we only had one-half of the team competing,” said Marshall Coach Danny Ray.

The team received second place in Individual Events Team Sweepstakes and third place in Combined Debate and Individual Events Team Sweepstakes. Additionally, all of Marshall’s traveling team members received individual awards.

Alyssa Hager, a freshman broadcasting major from West Hamlin, W.Va., was first and top novice in Radio Broadcasting, first and top novice in Prose Interpretation, fourth in Persuasive Speaking, and took fifth place and top novice in Duo Interpretation with Logan Spence.

Victoria Ledford, a junior pre-med, honors, communication studies major from Erwin, Tenn., was second in Persuasive Speaking, third in Duo Interpretation with DeVan Sample, and fourth in Communication Analysis.

Logan Spence, a freshman game design major from Davie, Fla., was third and top novice in Informative Speaking, and fifth and top novice in Duo Interpretation with Alyssa Hager.

Garrett Walker, a junior pre-med and Spanish major from Shady Spring, W.Va., was fifth in Communication Analysis and fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking.

DeVan Sample, a junior honors English/Japanese major from Martinsburg, W.Va., took third place in Duo Interpretation with Victoria Ledford and was fifth in Dramatic Interpretation.

Spencer Stephens, a junior political science major from Wayne, W.Va., placed sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking. This was Stephens’ first competition in forensics.

Joe Garton, a junior finance major from Huntington, placed third in Radio Broadcasting.

The Thundering Word travels to the University of Central Missouri this weekend and will host the fifth-annual Chief Justice Speech and Debate Tournament on October 25-26. This event will be open to the public.

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
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