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Muskingum Forensics Awarded First in Quality, Wins Second at States and Earns Excellent Rating

The Muskingum University Forensics team was awarded the Ohio Forensics Association Quality Award and placed second in the President’s Division at the OFA State Varsity Tournament held at Capital University in Columbus held February 19 through February 21. The Quality Award is determined through comparing a ratio of all teams’ average scores divided by their number of overall entries.

Jahiah OglesbyIndividual contributors attributing to the second place finish were Carter Brown, who competed in Impromptu Speaking, and Jahliah Oglesby, who competed in Poetry Interpretation and Programmed Oral Interpretation. Oglesby was named state champion in Poetry Interpretation, placed second in Programmed Oral Interpretation and named Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row.

Additionally, the debate duo Chris Liddell and Tyler Blaine contributed to the team’s success and placed in the OFA overall Debate Team Sweepstakes, Liddell in fourth place and Blaine in sixth place respectively.

Carter BrownAlong with the OFA tournament, Oglesby and Brown contributed to the Excellent rating in Interviewing at the Kappa Delta National Speech and Debate Tournament held March 17 to March 20 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. The University of Kentucky hosted more than 750 students from 87 speech and debate teams and 24 states.

Of the 174 students who competed in the interviewing category, Oglesby and Brown placed consistently in the top 20% in all preliminary rounds of Interviewer, Interviewee and Current Resume. This earned the Muskingum Forensics team an “Excellent” rating in the tournament overall.

The director of forensics at Muskingum is Instructor of Communication Rachel Pollock.