FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 22, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153
Thundering Word continues to perform well in Porch Swing Invitational
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s speech and debate team has had its best competitive semester since its reformation in 2009.
Last weekend, the Thundering Word traveled to Carson Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn., to participate in the Tennessee Porch Swing Invitational and placed third behind Western Kentucky University and the University of Alabama, two of the top teams in the nation.
“We actually held our own with them, which is something we haven’t been able to do in the past,” Coach Danny Ray said. “Ten members of the Thundering Word traveled to Tennessee and every one of them made it to at least one final round. This doesn’t happen very often.”
Marshall’s individual results were:
- Christian Adams, a senior honors pre-med psychology major from Ona, W.Va., was second in Pentathlon (five or more events) making him the second-best speaker at the tournament. He also placed fourth in After-Dinner Speaking, fifth in Duo Interpretation with Josh Gainer, sixth in Prose Interpretation, and he was a semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking.
- Victoria Ledford, a junior honors pre-med communication studies major from Erwin, Tenn., was second in Persuasive Speaking, second in Duo Interpretation with DeVan Sample, and fifth in Informative Speaking.
- Logan Spence, a freshman game design major from Davie, Fla., placed fifth and was the Top Novice in Poetry Interpretation and placed sixth and was Top Novice in Informative Speaking.
- Alyssa Hager, a freshman broadcasting major from West Hamlin, W.Va., took fifth place in Top Novice Prose Interpretation and Top Novice Persuasive Speaking.
- DeVan Sample, an honors English & Japanese major from Martinsburg, W.Va., took second place in Duo Interpretation with Victoria Ledford.
- Taryss Mandt, a sophomore geology major from Arlington, Va., was fourth in Prose Interpretation.
- Josh Gainer, a senior political science major from Parkersburg, W.Va., finished in fifth place Duo Interpretation with Christian Adams.
- Matt Osteen, a junior honors communication studies major from Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., was fifth in Rhetorical Criticism.
- Juliet Djietror, a junior biomedical sciences major from Mt. Pleasant, Mich., was sixth in Dramatic Interpretation.
- Garrett Walker, a junior Spanish major from Shady Spring, W.Va., was sixth in After-Dinner Speaking.
Ray said this was the fifth tournament in which Marshall has placed in the top three in the tournament, including first place at Central Missouri, second at the University of Kentucky and second at the Chief Justice, which Marshall hosted.
The following Marshall students are qualified for the NFA national tournament in April.
- Christian Adams – Prose, Poetry and Duo interpretation, After-Dinner and Impromptu Speaking
- Juliet Djietror – Persuasive Speaking and Prose Interpretation
- Josh Gainer – Prose, Poetry, Dramatic and Duo Interpretation
- Victoria Ledford – Persuasive, Informative, Impromptu Speaking, Rhetorical Criticism and Duo
- Taryss Mandt – Informative Speaking, Prose and Poetry Interpretation
- Matt Osteen – Lincoln Douglas Debate and Rhetorical Criticism
- DeVan Sample – Poetry, Dramatic and Duo Interpretation
- Garrett Walker – Extemporaneous and After-Dinner Speaking, Rhetorical Criticism
- Joe Garton – Lincoln Douglas Debate
- Alyssa Hager – Prose and Duo Interpretation and Persuasive Speaking
- Logan Spence – Poetry, Dramatic and Duo Interpretation and Informative Speaking
- Spencer Stephens – Lincoln Douglas Debate and Extemporaneous and Impromptu Speaking
Ray said the Thundering Word will be joined by additional students in the spring, which will make the team even more competitive.
For further information, contact: Office
of University Communications
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