Parkersburg, W.Va. 2/29/12 – West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Union for Speech and Debate took second place in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensic Association (WVIFA) state championship tournament. The competition, hosted by WVU Parkersburg, took place Feb. 24 and 25.
Jason Ross of Parkersburg placed third in after-dinner speech. Alicia Ford of Belpre, Oh. placed fourth in prose interpretation. Cindie Menges of Parkersburg placed fifth in rhetorical criticism. Carl Travis and Morgan Bryant, both of Parkersburg, placed fifth in dramatic duo. Travis also placed fourth in dramatic interpretation and sixth in programmed oral interpretation. Josh Campbell of Parkersburg placed sixth in persuasion. Tyler Ohrn of Parkersburg competed in the championship round of Lincoln-Douglas policy debate and also received the second place Lincoln-Douglas speaker award and third place in extemporaneous speaking.
WVU Parkersburg placed second in overall sweepstakes, second in interpretative events sweepstakes and third in debate sweepstakes. This was the school’s first time competing in the WVIFA state championship. Participating schools included Alderson Broaddus College, Marshall University, Ohio Valley University, Shepherd University and West Liberty University.
Kim Korcsmaros, instructor of communication studies, serves as the director of forensics at WVU Parkersburg. She is assisted by Mary Beth Held, instructor of communication studies.