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The WCU Forensics Speech and Debate team split up to conquer two different tournaments on the east coast last weekend. The team seniors went down to Virginia and finished the weekend with the distinction of second place overall team sweepstakes winners, bested only by the reigning national champions. The rest of the team traveled north, to dominate the Wilkes University Wilcox Invitational Tournament in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The team was thrilled to walk away with many top awards for individual speaking. Some highlights of the individual awards include:

Lanie Presswood, senior Communication Studies major: 1st place, impromptu speaking; 2nd place, persuasive speaking; 4th place, extemporaneous speaking; 5th place, individual sweepstakes.

Dan Hinderliter, senior Honors Middle Grades Education/ Communication Studies major: 1st place, persuasive speaking; 3rd place, Dramatic Interpretation; 4th place, after dinner speaking; 4th place, individual sweepstakes.

Jake Markiewicz, senior Communication Studies major: 2nd place, Informative speaking; 4th place, after dinner speaking.

Joseph Tetreault, senior History Education major: 6th place, Poetry Interpretation; 6th place, Communication Analysis.

Ashley Murphy, junior Honors English Education major: 1st place, Extemporaneous Speaking; 1st place, Informative speaking; 2nd place Communication Analysis.

Imani Thomas, sophomore Communication Studies major: 4th place, Poetry Interpretation; 6th place Speaker in Parliamentary Debate.

Rebecca Makar, first year Political Science major: 3rd place, Extemporaneous Speaking.

Rebecca Anderson, first year Honors Business major: 1st place, Persuasive Speaking; 3rd place, Dramatic Interpretation.

Ahleah Miles, first year Honors Psychology major: 2nd place Informative speaking.

Royce Peterson, first year Political Science major: 6th place, Impromptu Speaking; 5th place with Josh Shapiro in Parliamentary Debate.

Tarik Williams, sophomore English major: 4th place Parliamentary Debate with Ashley Murphy.

Next week, February 16-17, the team is excited to host the Pennsylvania State Forensics Association 2013 State Tournament right here at West Chester University. The university community is welcome and encouraged to attend the event, headquartered in Main Hall, to support these champions of West Chester University! For more information contact Mark Hickman, Director of Forensics, at