Thundering Word finishes third in tournament at Eastern Michigan

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Members of the Thundering Word, Marshall University's speech and debate team, pose with their trophies after a solid third-place finish last weekend in the Tower Invitational at Eastern Michigan University.
Members of the Thundering Word, Marshall University's speech and debate team, pose with their trophies after a solid third-place finish last weekend in the Tower Invitational at Eastern Michigan University.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's speech and debate team, competing with just about half of its squad, performed at a high level last weekend at the 41st Tower Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament hosted by Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich.

"We have proven that we can compete with the top teams in the nation," said Marshall coach Danny Ray.

Eastern Michigan is the host of the National Tournament this year and many top tier teams attended its invitational tournament. Marshall placed third in the Individual Events Team Sweepstakes and first in Debate Sweepstakes. The top teams in the competition were: First, Western Kentucky University; Second, Miami University; Third, Marshall; Fourth, Bowling Green State University, and fifth, Northwestern University.

Individual winners for Marshall were:

Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Matt Osteen and Kai Stewart, co-Lincoln-Douglas Debate champions and co-first place debate speakers. The tie was unbreakable for the speaker award and students from the same school do not debate each other, therefore they were considered co-champions.

Informative Speaking
Taryss Mandt - fifth place
Logan Spence - Top novice

Prose Interpretation
Alyssa Hager - sixth place and top novice

Dramatic Duo Interpretation
Victoria Ledford and Devan Sample -  Third place
Alyssa Hager and Logan Spence - fifth place and top novices

Persuasive Speaking
Victoria Ledford - fourth place
Alyssa Hager - top novice

Programmed Oral Interpretation
Taryss Mandt - fourth place

Poetry Interpretation
Devan Sample - third place
Taryss Mandt - fifth place

Dramatic Interpretation
Devan Sample - sixth place
Logan Spence - Top novice

Pentathlon - Award for the top students in at least five events
Victoria Ledford - fifth place

Marshall hosts the 43rd annual John Marshall High School Invitational Tournament Feb. 21-22. Marshall will perform a Forensics Showcase Feb. 28 for the public, prior to the next competition for the Thundering Word, which is the West Virginia State Tournament March 7-8.

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