Speech Team Wins State Tournament

by John Armitage | Nov 27, 2012
Competing against a field of 10 teams from across the state, Marian University edged out Ball State University and the University of Indianapolis to win the state title.
On Saturday, February 20, 2010 Marian University made a little history by winning its first state championship in forensics. Each of the nine Marian University students at the tournament placed among the top six competitors in at least one event. The team won seven state championships in individual events.  For the past 25 years, either Indiana University or Ball State University has won the tournament. Other schools competing included Butler University, IUPUI, IU South Bend, Purdue University, University of Indianapolis, University of Notre Dame, and Wabash College. The Marian University team first attended the state tournament in 2007, placing seventh that year.      Here are the individual results. Novice Extemporaneous Speaking Sixth place: Mike Byers and second place: Audra Casterline Extemporaneous Speaking Fifth place: Josh Eskew Rhetorical Criticism Third place: Josh Eskew and state champion: Cassie Craft Novice Prose Second place: Audra Casterline Prose Fifth place: Corrine Purvis, third place: Caitlin Johns, and second place: Jewel Flitcraft Novice Informative Speaking Second place: Michael Baumann and state champion: Audra Casterline Informative Speaking Third place: Corrine Purvis Duo Interpretation Fifth place: Cassie Craft and Caitlin Johns Novice Impromptu Speaking Fifth place: Michael Baumann and state champion: Audra Casterline Impromptu Speaking Fifth place: Josh Eskew Novice Dramatic Interpretation State champion: Michael Baumann Dramatic Interpretation Sixth place: Cassie Craft, fifth place: Sarah McEwan, and state champion: Caitlin Johns After Dinner Speaking Fourth place: Caitlin Johns and state champion: Corrine Purvis Persuasive Speaking Fifth place: Corrine Purvis, second place: Jewel Flitcraft, and state champion: Sarah McEwan Novice Poetry Fourth place: Michael Baumann Poetry Fourth place: Corrine Purvis and second place: Sarah McEwan Scholarly Paper in Communication State champion: Josh Eskew

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