Speech and debate team honored at National Forensic Association tournament

The Thundering Word, competing as the smallest entry in the largest division, received a team sweepstakes award for the first time in 28 years in the National Forensic Association (NFA) National Tournament conducted recently on the Huntington campus.

Marshall finished 10th in the President’s Division 1 and 22nd overall out of 83 teams. To compete in Division 1, a school had to enter 27-40 slots. Marshall entered 27, making it the smallest entry in the largest division.

“For us to finish 10th in Division 1 and 22nd in the nation, I’m very, very proud and we’re very pleased,” said Coach Danny Ray.

Bradley University finished first overall, followed by Western Kentucky University and the University of Texas at Austin.

“People said it was the best nationals they’ve ever attended,” Ray said. “They were asking when we would be willing to host again. It went very, very smoothly and they loved our campus.”

The team will return intact for the 2013-2014 season.

“Our hopes are high for future success,” Ray said.