Marietta earns four awards at Berea College forensics tournament

As the only two representing Marietta College at the large Berea (Ky.) College forensics tournament, Heather Boomer '09 and Jake Loukas '09 held their own among the strong competition.

Boomer, a junior from Monument, Colo., finished fifth in After Dinner Speaking and sixth in Duo Interpretation with Loukas, a junior from Windham, Maine. Loukas also finished fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking.

"Attending the Berea Tournament was a good experience for us, because we were able to see what the schools with huge programs are doing," Boomer said. "We competed against them and placed in three events, which makes us extremely proud."

The other competitors came from Berea College, Carthage College, Cedarville University, Eastern Illinois University, Gateway Community and Technical College, Georgetown College, Grove City College, Hillsdale College, Malone College, Miami University, Morehead State University, Patrick Henry College, Purdue University, Tennessee Tech, Transylvania University, University of the Cumberlands, Western Kentucky University, Wheaton College and University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

"This weekend I relished the opportunity to pit the intellectual prestige of Marietta College's young minds against some of the most intelligent and eloquent students in the nation," Loukas said. "Though Marietta was one of the smallest schools represented at the tournament, we proved that we are in the top tier of rhetorical excellence."

Dr. Mabry M. O'Donnell, professor of communication and media studies, coaches the team. Up next for the Pioneers is the 58th annual Ruth A. Wilcox Forensics Invitational Tournament Saturday, Nov. 3.