‘Thundering Word’ team shows well at Forensic Fiesta


Junior Alyssa Hager took first place in Prose Interpretation recently as Marshall ‘s Thundering Word competed in the Forensic Fiesta, a speech and debate tournament on the campus of Western Kentucky University.

Hager is a Communication Studies major from West Hamlin.

Also for Marshall, Logan Spence, a junior Communication Studies major from Davie, Florida, placed second in Communication Analysis and fourth in Informative Speaking. Taryss Mandt, a senior Geology major from Alexandria, Virginia, took third place in Dramatic Interpretation.

The Thundering Word competed in two separate tournaments. Five varsity members and five novices competed for MU.

“It’s amazing to realize how far we have come in the last five years,” said Coach Danny Ray. “This was our best showing at this tournament since the team was revitalized in 2010.”

Marshall placed fourth in the team sweepstakes Saturday and fifth Sunday. Top Novice performers for the Word included Hunter Barclay, a freshman Honors Energy Management major from Frostburg, Maryland in Persuasive Speaking and Impromptu Speaking; Eli Tilley, a junior Economics major from Mount Hope, West Virginia, in Informative Speaking; Rosie Clark, a freshman Biomedical Science major from Wheeling, West Virginia, and Shellie Coleman, a freshman Biomedical Science major from Braxton, West Virginia, in Duo Interpretation.

The University of Alabama, Western Kentucky University, Illinois State University, and William Carey University, all top 10 national contenders, were the only teams to score more points than the Thundering Word.

Marshall is taking its varsity members to Fairfax, Virginia, Oct. 2 for a tournament at George Mason University. The full team will travel to the University of Kentucky Oct. 9-10.