OFA Novice State Championship Tournament
Competed on: January 28-29, 2011
Competed at: Ohio Forensic Association Novice State Championship
Number of Schools Involved: 9
- Bowling Green State University
- Cedarville University
- DePauw University
- Heidelberg University
- Malone University
- Marietta College
- Muskingum University
- Ohio University
- The Ohio State University
Number of awards: 14
David Hood, Senior and Sydney Maltese, Freshamn, 3rd place
Parliamentary Debate: Finalists:
Nyssa Wilkerson, Junior and Ben Reese, Sophomore
Parliamentary Debate Speaker:
Ben Reese, Sophomore, 1st place
Andy Kasick, Sophomore, 4th place
Nyssa Wilkerson, Junior, 6th place
Andy Kasick, Sophomore, 1st place
Program of Oral Interpretation:
Nyssa Wilkerson, Junior, 5th place
Sydeney Maltese, Freshman, 1st place
Parliamentary Debate Sweepstakes, 2nd place
President's Division, 1st place
Quality Award, 1st place
"This tournament proved there is really no limit to what we can do as a team. I think almost everyone on our team accomplished more than we could have imagined, and this will be an experience we will all treasure and be inspired by for a long time to come" said Andy Kasick.
Sydney Maltese stated, "We had the opportunity to watch and befriend some truly incredible speakers at this tournament. I am honored to have been able to perform alongside such memorable talent."
Ben Reese commented, "It was great to see our fledgling debate team shine this past weekend at Ohio University and be named the top Novice Parliamentary Debate Team in the State of Ohio. The hours of practice, a large amount of help from our coaches, and fun have paid off and (hopefully) will continue to do so as we travel to Malone."
"Wow! This tournament has almost left me speechless. The success of my teammates and I is incredible and I am so very proud to be on such a great team. My teammates and I have adequately represented the forensics program here at Marietta. I am so happy that all of us competing in the OFA State Novice Tournament and the Ohio University Tournament did our very best and that we received the proper recognition. It was a great feeling to win the State Novice Parliamentary Debate because Dr. Tomeka Robinson has worked very hard to ensure that MC's debate program is viewed as a legitimate competitor across the region. This season marked the return of MC's debate program and I am very excited to have a part in it. I believe that my partner and I made Dr. Robinson very proud by running ethical and sound cases. After reaching the final round in debate I wanted to make sure that win or lose I walked away feeling as I had won...I not only felt like a winner, I was. I am proud of the entire team and all of our accomplishments. Between the nine of us who traveled, we brought home 25 awards! I am also very pleased and excited to be a part of Mrs. Dr. O'Donnell's very successful last season as Director of Forensics here at Marietta. Although I do not expect Dr. O'Donnell to stop coaching us, she will do it via email or phone, it was great to hear and see just how proud of all of us she really is. Knowing how many long days and sleepless nights she puts into this program I am very pleased that as a team we showed our appreciation by bringing home 1st place team awards in both Novice and varsity small school divisions at such a large tournament. This tournament is proof that MC Forensics can and will continue to do well in the future especially against larger forensics "powerhouse" schools" said Nyssa Wilkerson.
"The competition was really good. This was the best of the best in Ohio and I am very pleased with myself and the entire team for how well we did. It is a real treat to work with a DUO partner as talented as Sydney. It has been great to learn from her and become a better speaker" said Dave Hood.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Mabry M. O'Donnell, 376-4684.