This past Saturday, February 15, the Marian University Speech Team placed second over-all at the Indiana Forensics Association State Speech Tournament at Ivy Tech Community College. Marian University competed against collegiate speech teams from across the state, including: Ball State University, Indiana University, and Purdue University. Among the nine students who attended the competition, 25 of their events advanced to final rounds.
In addition to the overall win, the team had many individual successes. Junior Alecia Kissel was state champion for Dramatic Interpretation and Josiah McCruiston was state champion for Novice Poetry. Senior Dante Fratturo won second in both Programmed Oral Interpretation and After Dinner Speaking. Freshman Courtney Byrd won second in Novice Informative Speaking and Novice Poetry.
"I’m proud that every student placed in the final rounds, winning a trophy. At the tournament, they were a class act—focused, friendly, professional. I’m also proud of how we compete: valuing excellence in competition, but always focused on education,” said the Reverend Dr. George LaMaster, associate professor and director of forensics.
The team was awarded more than the state trophy this weekend. Senior Cora Harrison received the Lee Horn Award for representing the ideals of the activity. She also won first place in the scholarly essay contest. Communication professor and speech team coach, Dr. Kyle Kellam, was elected president of the Indiana Forensic Association.