OFA State Championship Forensics Tournament
Competed on: February 18-19, 2011
Competed at: OFA State Championship
Number of Schools Involved: 14
- Akron University
- Bowling Green State University
- Cedarville Universtiy
- Central Michigan University
- Heidelberg University
- Malone University
- Marietta College
- Marshall University
- Miami of Ohio University
- Muskingum University
- Ohio University
- Ohio University - Zanesville
- Ohio State University
- Otterbein University
Number of awards: 5
Sydney Maltese, Freshman, 6th place
Ben Reese, Sophomore, 2nd place
Scott Burnham, Senior, 5th place
Marietta College, 2nd place
Sweepstakes (Open Division):
Marietta College, 5th place
Also, competing for Marietta: Ryan Ellis, Kim Hughes, Dave Hood, Nyssa Wilkerson, and Andy Kasick.
"The OFA State Varsity competition was full of some of the toughest competition we have seen all year. It was great to see the team go out, strive against some of the best competitors in our area and hold our own. In particular, the fledgling debate team missing finals by only 1 speaker point was something to be proud of as the team prepares for nationals season," said Ben Reese.
"The OFA Varsity Tournament capped off a successful four years of fun competition and successful speeches for Ryan Ellis and me. This tournament proved to showcase some of the best speeches, not only in Ohio, but the nation. Being able to compete at this level is truly inspirational for the students from a small institution such as Marietta. I've enjoyed my four years with the forensics team and I hope that this season is indicative of a team that will continue to prosper for years to come. The success this team has had this year is largely because of our great coaches, Dr. Mabry O'Donnell and Dr. Tomeka Robinson. Without the two of them our team would not have been nearly as well prepared for such a fantastic season," commented Scott Burnham.
"I had an absolute blast at this tournament. I made new friends as well as more memories with my teammates. This tournament reminded me that you don't have to win a trophy to have had a good tournament but rather letting yourself learn and have fun with the whole experience is what matters. I'm going to miss the seniors so much as well as the Os. Good luck to all those heading off to nationals," added Kim Hughes.
"This was a tough tournament. The competition was very concentrated and I think we have much material and experience to build on. It was a good dry run for nationals. I am proud of all the team has accomplished this year and am very excited to look toward the future," said Ryan Ellis.
"I'm very proud to have had the opportunity to represent not only Marietta College but all small schools as a finalist at the OFA tournament. It was a privilege to compete alongside such talented speakers and to observe a strong dramatic round. I think Marietta did an excellent job asserting their presence in the state-wide competition," said Sydney Maltese.
"I believe that this past OFA Tournament was a great success. This was a very enjoyable experience which served as a good way to both summarize the regular season tournaments and to say goodbye to the seniors on our team. For the team members who aren't graduating, this tournament was a great experience that prepares us for future hugely competitive tournaments," said Andy Kasick.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Mabry M. O'Donnell, 376-4684.