ISSUED: 28 February 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Debate and Forensics Team won first place in overall Team Sweepstakes at the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensics Association’s State Tournament February 24-25 at Fairmont State University. Shepherd’s team also took first place in Team Debate for the third year in a row, and second in Team Individual Events.
Individual winners included Sam Brown, first in Lincoln-Douglas Debate Speaker and Impromptu, second in Improvisational Duo and After Dinner Speaking, third in Rhetorical Criticism, fourth in Broadcasting, and sixth in Informative and Prose Interpretation; Casey Feezle, first in IPDA Speaker Awards and Improvisational Duo, second in International Policy Debate Association, Dramatic Interpretation, Impromptu, and Informative, third in After Dinner Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking, and sixth in Persuasion; and Molly Lovern, first in Improvisational Duo and Dramatic Interpretation, second in IPDA Speaker Awards and Extemporaneous Speaking, fourth in Informative and Persuasion.
The three also placed in the Barbara Sims Memorial Pentathlon Award for competitors in at least five events across the three main categories of public speaking. Feezle took first place, Brown second, and Lovern fourth.
Other winners at the tournament were Katie Zakrzewski, first in Danny Ray Memorial Dramatic Duo Award, Rhetorical Criticism, and Broadcasting, and fifth in Prose Interpretation; Lauren Duckworth, first and second in Interpretation, second in Lincoln-Douglas Debate Speaker, and fifth in Poetry Interpretation and Oral Interpretation; Madison Ronevich, fourth in Lincoln-Douglas Debate Speaker; Spencer VanHoose, third in Informative, and fifth in Lincoln-Douglas Debate Speaker; Aubrey Duckworth, second and sixth in Interpretation; Carleigh West, second in Improvisational Duo, third in Impromptu, and fifth in After Dinner Speaking; and Miranda Jones, fourth in Rhetorical Criticism and fifth in Broadcasting.
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