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Muskingum Forensics Team places second in Presidential Division, Oglesby named State Champion at the Ohio Forensic Association State Championship

The Muskingum University Forensics Team placed second in the Presidential Division at the Ohio Forensic Association (OFA) State Championship. Jaliah Oglesby of Cincinnati was named State Champion in Programmed Oral Interpretation. The competition was held on Feb. 17 and 18 at Capital University in Columbus.

Oglesby’s presentation in the Programmed Oral Interpretation event focused on literature and slam poetry pieces that encompass the theme “Eracism: The Role of African-American Women in Higher Education.” Her performance included works by Eula Bliss, Claudia Rankine, Ashia Ajari and Becca Khalil. Oglesby also placed third in Poetry.

Also representing Muskingum were Rebecca Epler of Cambridge, who placed sixth in Poetry and 12th in Prose, and Kayla Wilkerson of Columbus, who notched 11th in the Trithon Individual Sweepstakes for her combined score in three genres of public address and performance: Dramatic Interpretation, Informative Address and Impromptu Speaking.

Members of the Muskingum all-varsity team will compete at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament in Boise, Idaho on March 22 to 25. The director of forensics at Muskingum is Instructor of Communication Rachel Pollock.