Thundering Word Speech Tournament at MU

Edited from a Press Release

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s Thundering Word finished third this past weekend in the Appalachian Swing Speech and Debate Tournament at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Only Bowling Green State University and defending national champion Western Kentucky finished ahead of Marshall in the 15-team tournament.

The Thundering Word is host to the 41st annual John Marshall High School Invitational Tournament Feb. 10-11 on the Huntington campus. The team’s next competition is Feb. 24-25 when Marshall competes to defend the state championship.

Here are results of Marshall’s competitors from the tournament at OU:

Appalachian Swing at Ohio University
Day 1

Ryan Jackson, senior political science major from Huntington, fourth in Programmed Oral Interpretation.

Hailey Lara, sophomore honors student from Huntington, fourth in Rhetorical Criticism, fourth in JV (first or second year in college forensics) Persuasion, fourth in JV Prose and fourth in JV Dramatic Duo Interpretation with Ona sophomore biomedical sciences major, Christian Adams. Adams was also third in JV After-Dinner Speaking.

Jacquelyn Stalnaker, freshman Spanish major from Philippi, W.Va., first in JV Impromptu Speaking, fourth in JV After-Dinner Speaking and fourth in JV Informative Speaking.

Devan Sample, freshman English major from Martinsburg, W.Va., second in JV Programmed Oral Interpretation.

Victoria Ledford, freshman chemistry major from Braxton, W.Va., fifth in JV After-Dinner Speaking and sixth in JV Prose Interpretation.

Mary Margaret Chaffee, freshman international relations major from Terra Alta, W.Va., sixth in JV After-Dinner Speaking.

Sabrina Tabbassum, freshman political science major from Oxnard, Calif., fourth in JV Extemporaneous Speaking.

OU Alumni Swing
Day 2

Ryan Jackson, sixth in Poetry Interpretation, third in Dramatic Interpretation, second in Programmed Oral Interpretation and tied for fifth in Quadrathon, which is an individual sweepstakes event for contestants in four or more events.

Hailey Lara, sixth in Rhetorical Criticism, second in JV Persuasion, sixth in JV Prose Interpretation and second in JV Dramatic Duo with Christian Adams.

Christian Adams, third in JV After-Dinner Speaking

Jacqueline Stalnaker, sixth in JV Informative  Speaking and sixth in JV After-Dinner Speaking.

Victoria Ledford, fifth in JV After-Dinner Speaking and fifth in JV Prose.

Mary Margaret Chaffee, sixth in JV Impromptu Speaking and fourth in JV After-Dinner Speaking

Sabrina Tabassum, fourth in JV Extemporaneous Speaking

Devan Sample, second in JV Programmed Oral Interpretation.

The other teams competing were Seton Hall University, George Mason University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, Miami (OH) University, Ohio Valley University, Marietta College, Marion University, Butler University, Malone University, Ball State University and Cedarville University.

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