Marietta forensics earns seven awards at Butler University tournament

Marietta College’s Dave Hood ’11 (Cincinnati, Ohio), Andrew Kasick ’13 (Marietta, Ohio) and Sydney Maltese ’14 (Massillon, Ohio) each won two awards in the Butler University Forensics Tournament on Jan. 21-22.

“This was my third tournament. I am seeing strong improvement in my performances. I am thrilled with our accomplishments,” Hood said. “Everyone who participated in the tournament from Marietta is in their novice year, so I think that makes our accomplishments extra special.”

Hood finished second in Program Oral Interpretation and fifth in Duo Interpretation with Maltese. Kasick added a fifth-place finish in Editorial Impromptu and sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking, while Maltese had a sixth-place finish in Persuasive Speaking.

“Marietta took a small but mighty force to Indiana, who represented the team extraordinarily well. I am very proud of my teammates for bringing home a sizeable collection of Butler Bulldogs,” Maltese said. “This tournament proved to me that the support of even a few teammates goes a long way on the road to success. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to experience out-of-state competition and to broaden my forensics horizons in different events.”

Also picking up a fifth-place honor in Program Oral Interpretation was Nyssa Wilkerson ’12 (Cleveland, Ohio).

“This weekend only a few of our novices competed in one of our toughest competitions of the season; however, they had a spectacular showing,” said Dr. Tomeka Robinson, Director of Debate and Assistant Director of Forensics. “I am always excited to see our students face tough competition and experience success and personal growth. Dr. (Mabry) O’Donnell and I couldn’t ask for a better group of students.”

Coming up: Marietta will be competing in the Ohio Novice Tournament and Ohio University Varsity Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 29.