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Speech team places fifth in the state of Ohio at State Varsity Tournament

In an unprecedented win over rival schools, Muskingum College placed fifth in the state of Ohio in the open division of the Ohio Forensics Association (OFA) State Varsity Tournament held on February 18 and 19.

Even though Muskingum was seated among traditionally larger teams in the open division, the team trailed just 10 points behind The Ohio State University in the individual events categories of competition. 

Contributing to Muskingum’s ranking were: 

Christy Kaminski '07and Kristen Kenily '05 competed together in dramatic duo.

Eugene Saunders '06 competed in persuasion, impromptu speaking and poetry interpretation.

Kevin Triskett '07 competed in prose interpretation, after dinner speaking and communication analysis.

Dan Shuey '05 competed in after dinner speaking, extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking and poetry interpretation.

Earned places in the competition included Saunders, with sixth place in impromptu speaking; Shuey, with second place in extemporaneous speaking, fifth place in impromptu speaking and third place in trithon; Triskett, with fifth place finishes in prose interpretation and trithon.

Four team members contributed quality points to the team’s overall standing.  Brianne Sheehan '07 placed third in after dinner speaking at the State Novice Tournament, and the Kenily/Kaminski dramatic duo team earned four points.

Additionally, through community service, academic excellence and  their performance at the state tournament, Saunders, Shuey and Triskett have qualified for membership in Pi Kappa Delta,  the national speech honorary. The three also are now eligible to compete at this year’s Pi Kappa Delta biennial national tournament, to be held at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri on March 16 through 19.

The remaining tournaments of the semester will determine the final tally on which students’ events qualify for the National Forensics Association tournament in April, 2005.  Forthcoming tournaments include the Muskingum Charity Invitational on March 4 and 5, The Ohio State University Generic Swing Tournament on March 6.