Marietta College makes strong showing at Kentucky competition

Marietta College students of forensics and communication garnered 12 awards at an annual forensics tournament at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., on Dec. 4.

Students representing seven colleges from Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana competed in the one-day tournament.

“I am especially proud of this novice team for trying so many different events,” said Dr. Mabry M. O’Donnell, director of forensics and professor of communication. “It’s nice to get experience and do well.”

Marietta freshman Tim Kemble placed in four events, while freshmen Amy Bitely and Elizabeth Lehman each placed in three events. Kemble had the highest finish with second in Persuasive Speaking.

Kemble finished third in Impromptu Speaking, Informative Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking.

“It was great to actually be able to travel with the team and see some different competition,” Kemble said.

Bitely finished third in Impromptu, fourth in Persuasive and fifth in Program Oral Interpretation. Lehman was third in Persuasive and Impromptu Storytelling and fourth in Dramatic Interpretation.

Sophomore Thomas Morrison gained Marietta’s other prize with a fifth-place finish in Prose Interpretation.

“Even though I was the oldest teammate and was automatically placed in a leadership role, I felt I learned as much, if not more from my teammates and have tremendous respect for each of them,” Morrison said.

Marietta finished fourth in Sweepstakes, which are points computed on the number of first-, second- and third-place ballots received by team members in final rounds.

The Marietta College Forensics (speech) team is coached by Dr. O’Donnell who is assisted by assistant professors of communication Dawn Carusi, Dr. Chad Edwards, and Dr. Liane Gray-Starner, and associate professor of communication Dr. Suzanne Walker.