Marietta Forensics Team earns four awards at U. of Akron Tournament

Marietta College senior Megs Schreck claimed three awards, including a first-place finish in After Dinner Speaking, at the University of Akron Forensics Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Schreck, who has a double major in advertising & public relations and organizational communication, finished third in Public Relations Extemporaneous Speaking and fifth in Individual Sweepstakes.

"Competing against forensicators from top state universities challenged us both as a team and as individuals," said Schreck, team president. "We were able to evaluate our strengths and weaknesses and are looking forward to our home tournament, the Wilcox."

The annual Wilcox Tournament is on Nov. 5.

"Meeting national competitors is a terrific way of learning and goal setting. To also win is thrilling," said Dr. Mabry M. O'Donnell, Professor of Communication and coach of the forensics team.

Sophomore Amy Bitely, who is majoring in English and history, was Marietta's only other finisher as she took fifth in Impromptu Speaking.

"I am honored to have competed against national-level speakers, and I feel that the experience has helped me to develop my own skills," Bitely said.

Marietta competed against Bowling Green State University, George Mason University, Grove City College, Hillsdale College, Illinois State University, Jackson County Community College, Kent State University, Malone College, Miami University, Muskingum College, Wayne State University, and the University of Akron.