‘Youthful’ Forensics Team wins six awards at OFA Fall Tournament

Sporting a team of mostly first- and second-year competitors, Marietta College’s Forensics Team won seven awards at the Ohio Forensic Association Fall Tournament.

The tournament was conducted at Ohio University-Zanesville on Sept. 18.

“Our record at the Ohio Forensics Association Tournament speaks to the ability and potential of our students,” said Dr. Mabry O’Donnell, Director of Forensics. “We’re looking forward to the championship quality events at the University of Akron during fall break.”

Ben Reese ’13 (Marietta, Ohio) earned three awards, including third-place finishes in Persuasive Speaking and Rhetorical Criticism. He also finished fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking.

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Marietta will compete in the A-K Rowdy Tournament, Oct. 9, at Akron University.

The OFA tournament was an excellent learning experience as we were able to experiment with new events and receive critiques and advice from judges from throughout Ohio,” Reese said.

Phil Sizemore ’11 (Dayton, Ohio) was Marietta’s highest finisher with a second-place award in Extemporaneous Speaking, while Andrew Kasick ’13 (Marietta, Ohio) finished third in Impromptu Speaking and fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Marietta’s Sydney Maltese ’14 (Massillon, Ohio) earned his first collegiate award with a third-place finish in Prose Interpretation. Also competing for Marietta was Nyssa Wilkerson ’12 (Cleveland, Ohio).

“The tournament was an opportunity to get a feel for the Ohio forensics community—the people, the atmosphere, even the inside jokes,” Maltese said. “I also had the chance to understand what’s in style or not in style with interpretation, and to adjust my own performance accordingly (with great success!). It was really nice to meet some students from other schools as well, especially since we’ll be seeing them again in later tournaments. All in all, it was a wonderful ‘getting my feet wet’ experience.”

Marietta competed against Bowling Green State University, Cedarville University, Heidelberg University, Malone University and Muskingum University.

O’Donnell and Dr. Tomeka Robinson, Director of Debate, are the team’s coaches.