MU's Thundering Word Wins State Speech and Debate Tournament for Third Year

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MU's Thundering Word Wins State Speech and Debate Tournament for Third Year


Victoria Ledford, a junior from Braxton, was the overall individual champion as she helped Marshall University's Thundering Word win the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensic Association's state championship for the third consecutive year.

The speech and debate competition took place Feb. 22-23 on the campus of West Virginia University-Parkersburg. WVU-Parkersburg took second place, Alderson-Broaddus was third and Fairmont State was fourth.

Ledford, an honors pre-med chemistry major, placed first in Pentathlon, which is a student's best five events, with 103 points. She also was fourth in Dramatic Interpretation; second in Poetry Interpretation; first in Duo Interpretation with Christian Adams; second in Persuasion, first in Rhetorical Criticism, second in Informative and fourth in Impromptu.

Marshall team members reached the final round in 43 of the 45 individual slots they had in the competition, winning first place in every individual event, second in 10 of the events and third in eight of them. The team dominated the rest of the state in the competition.

Other Marshall students in the competition were:

* Christian Adams, a junior honors pre-med Psychology major from Culloden, who was second in pentathlon with 94 points. Along with his state championship in Duo with Ledford, he placed first in Prose Interpretation, fourth in Poetry, fourth in Duo with Marji McCoy, first in After-Dinner Speaking and third in Impromptu.

* Marji McCoy, a sophomore honors pre-med chemistry major from Beckley, who was also second in Duo with Josh Gainer. She also placed third in Persuasion and third in Prose.

* Juliet Djietror, a sophomore pre-med biology major from Ghana, who was third in Pentathlon, scoring 74 points overall. …

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