Students earn top honors at national forensic tournament

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Union for Speech and Debate competed at the College Forensic Association (CFA) fall tournament on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The tournament took place in Gastonia, N.C. Tyler Ohrn placed first in extemporaneous speaking and was the first place parliamentary debate speaker. The college placed third overall.

Participating schools included University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Bloomsburg University, Randolph Macon College, Fayetteville State University and Brooklyn College. WVU Parkersburg placed third in sweepstakes behind Randolph Macon College and UNC Charlotte.

Other participating students included Matt Roberts, Josh Campbell, Ryan Garrett and Nichole Miliren. Ohrn and Roberts were named the third place Parliamentary Debate team. Campbell placed second in persuasive speaking, and Garrett placed third in the same category. Miliren placed second in informative speaking and sixth in prose interpretation.

Next the team will travel to Lord Fairfax Community College in Winchester, Va. on Nov. 14 and 15 for the CFA Holiday Tournament. The team is coached by Mary Beth Held, Lawrence McKenzie and Kim Korcsmaros. For more information, email ude.puvwnull@soramscrok.mik.

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