Marietta Forensics wins President’s Division

ben-reeseBehind a strong performance from Ben Reese ’13 (Marietta, Ohio), Marietta College’s forensics team finished first in the President’s Division of the Ohio Forensics Association State Championship.

The first-place finish was in the small school category, but the Pioneers placed second overall debate team sweepstakes. The competition was held at Marietta College for the first time.

Reese’s first-place finish in persuasive speaking qualified him for the Interstate Oratorical Association Competition that will be held in Shreveport, La., in April.

“This tournament is only open to the top two persuasive speakers in each state,” said Dr. Tomeka Robinson, Director of Forensics. “Ben is Marietta College’s first entrant into this competition and we know that he will represent Marietta College well.”

Reese teamed with Andrew Kasick ’13 (Marietta, Ohio) and reached the semifinals of parliamentary debate. Reese was also awarded third-place parliamentary debate speaker, and finished fourth in extemporaneous speaking.

Kasick added a second-place finish in impromptu speaking.

Andrew Looker ’16 (Canton, Ohio) was awarded first place Lincoln Douglas Debate Speaker.

Also competing for Marietta were: Aaron Dauterman ’16 (Canton, Ohio), CJ Maffris ’13 (Worcester, Mass.), Cody Clemens ’13 (Malta, Ohio), Guershley Pierre ’15 (Lithopolis, Ohio), Chelsea Robinson ’15 (Sulphur, La.), Eric Miranda ’15 (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) and Ryan Childers ’16 (Vincent, Ohio).

Marietta competed against Bowling Green State University, Capital University, Cedarville University, Heidelberg University, Malone University, Miami University, Muskingum University, Ohio University, Otterbein University, University of Akron and University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Jamie Moshin, Assistant Director of Forensics, and Sabrina Wittekind ’12, graduate assistant, join Robinson in coaching the team.