Marietta’s Forensics Team finishes first at Geneva (Pa.) competition

Dr. Mabry O’Donnell claimed it was an “once-in-a-lifetime” performance over the weekend.

Marietta College’s forensics team gave one of its strongest performances in recent history by winning 18 awards en route to finishing first in the Sweepstakes at the Geneva College Forensics Tournament on Feb. 12 in Beaver Falls, Pa.

“We are so thrilled with the results for this team,” said O’Donnell, who coaches the Marietta team. “Their liveliness means that they are interesting whether they are practicing, traveling, or winning. Next year we will participate on the next level of competition.”

Nine other schools competed again Marietta, and they were: Alderson-Broaddus, Bridgewater, Geneva, Grove City, Lord Fairfax Community College, Malone, Penn State-Beaver, Akron and West Virginia-Parkersburg.

Leading the Marietta victory parade was freshman Tim Kemble, of Warren, who won five awards, including three first-place finishes. Kemble won for religious informative, impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking. He was second in informative speaking and third in persuasive speaking.

Junior Megs Schreck of Bethel Park, Pa., won three awards — a first (after dinner speaking), a second (single dramatic interpretation) and joined freshman Emily Godard for a fourth in duo interpretation. Godard, of Bristol, Vt., also finished second in poetry interpretation.

Three other Marietta forensics’ members finished with two awards. Senior Melissa Yusko, of Jefferson, was first in prose interpretation and joined fellow senior James Nice, of New Martinsville, W.Va., for a second-place finish in duo interpretation.

“I’m so proud of our team,” said Yusko, team president. “What a way to end my forensics career. I could not be happier.”

Nice, who also finished second in after dinner speaking, added, “My last tournament with the MC forensics team couldn’t have gone better. Every member of the team worked extremely hard.”

Freshman Amy Bitely, of Independence, W.Va., finished second in both religious informative and impromptu speaking.

Marietta’s other award was a first-place finish by freshman Lindsey Green, of Washington, Pa., in poetry interpretation.

“Believe it or not, and I know it’s a cliché, but hard work really does pay off,” Green said.

Also competing for sweepstakes points for Marietta was sophomore Thomas Morrison, of Columbia, Md.