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Muskingum Novice Team Ranks First in State of Ohio
Novice Forensics Team

On Jan. 28-29, 2022, three novice competitors – Rita (Hope) Craft, Madison Humphrey, and Tyler Reed – contributed to a first-place ranking for Muskingum University in the state of Ohio at the Ohio University 1804 and Ohio Forensic Association Novice State Championship “live” virtual speech and debate tournament.

On behalf of the Ohio Forensics Association, this hybrid virtual tournament hosted by Ohio University offered both asynchronous and live rounds of competition in 12 individual events and International Public Debate Association (IPDA) debate.

The combined tournament allowed novice debaters in the state of Ohio to compete live against varsity debaters from 11 schools entered in the tournament, including Bowling Green, Butler, Bradley, Eastern Michigan, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Lafayette, Ohio University, Otterbein, South Dakota State, and University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Muskies competed in three individual events and IPDA debate, earning a state ranking in each:

  • Novice Informative Speaking: Hope Craft, 5th and Madison Humphrey, 6th
  • Novice Extemporaneous Speaking: Hope Craft, 2nd and Tyler Reed, 4th 
  • Novice IPDA: Hope Craft Top Speaker, 1st and Tyler Reed 5th
  • Combined Novice Speaker Awards in Ohio: Hope Craft 2nd and Tyler Reed 4th

The combined efforts of all three students contributed to a first place Teams Sweepstakes award for Muskingum University in the President’s Division.

All students plan to compete at this week’s State Varsity competition on February 18-19, 2022, hosted by Otterbein University.

The Muskingum University Forensics Program is for students interested in competitive speaking and performance as a co-curricular activity. Participants travel and compete against other college-level students in debate and/or three different categories of speech totaling 12 different events.

Rita (Hope) Craft is a Political Science major from Trenton, Ohio. After she graduates in 2024, she plans to attend law school.

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