Marshall speech and debate team wins second consecutive tournament

Updated 28 weeks ago Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University
Marshall University's speech and debate team, known as the Thundering Word, won its third tournament of the 2013-2014 season, and the second tournament in two weeks at Webster University's 16th annual Gorlock Invitational this past weekend in St. Louis.

"We have had tremendous success this year and hope it turns into a successful national tournament season, which is in March and April," said Danny Ray, coach of the Thundering Word. "Marshall placed first in Individual Event Sweepstakes, and second in Combined Speech and Debate Sweepstakes. We had the top three places in pentathlon, which is awarded to the top students in the tournament that have at least five events and at least one in each genre of competition."

Here are the results of Marshall competitors:

Persuasive Speaking

Victoria Ledford, first
Juliet Djietror, second
Marji McCoy, top novice

Improvisational Pairs

Josh Gainer and Alyssa Hager, sixth

Impromptu Speaking

Victoria Ledford, semifinalist
Kai Stewart, semifinalist
Garrett Walker, excellence award
Christian Adams, excellence award

Dramatic Interpretation

Juliet Djietror, second
Devan Sample, excellence award

Poetry Interpretation

Christian Adams, second
Devan Sample, third
Logan Spence, excellence award and top novice
Taryss Mandt, excellence award

Extemporaneous Speaking

Garrett Walker, semifinalist

Dramatic Duo

Victoria Ledford and Devan Sample, first
Christian Adams and Marji McCoy, fourth
Alyssa Hager and Logan Spence, top novice

Informative Speaking

Alyssa Hager, second and top novice
Garrett Walker, fourth

Prose Interpretation

Alyssa Hager, first and top novice
Christian Adams, sixth
Taryss Mandt, semifinalist

Communication Analysis

Garrett Walker, sixth

Programmed Oral Interpretation

Taryss Mandt, sixth

Next weekend is the last major tournament Marshall will attend before the state tournament on March 7-8.
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