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On Feb. 1, West Chester University's Forensics Speech and Debate team took home second place overall team and had the top three overall speakers at the Ivy League tournament at the University of Pennsylvania. The team will host a showcase on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in Sykes Student Union Theater to highlight their competitive success over the past year.
The team walked away with the top awards in many of the individual events. Some highlights from this weekend:
DaQuann Chung, Senior Communications Studies Major: 1st Place, Overall Speaker; 1st Place, Prose Interpretation; 1st Place, Communication Analysis; 3rd Place, Duo Interpretation with Emily Herman.
Kellen Kane, Freshman Honors Biology Major: 2nd Place, Overall Speaker; 1st Place, Dramatic Interpretation; 1st Place, Duo Interpretation with Daniel Hinderliter; 4th Place, Duo Interpretation with Lauren Christ.
Josh Shapiro, Junior English Major: 3rd Place, Overall Speaker; 1st Place, Impromptu Speaking; 3rd Place, Informative Speaking; 3rd Place, Poetry Interpretation.
Daniel Hinderliter, Senior Honors Middle Grades Education/Communication Studies Major: 1st Place, Duo Interpretation with Kellen Kane; 3rd Place, Persuasive Speaking; 3rd Place, Dramatic Interpretation; 4th Place, Prose Interpretation.
Lauren Christ, Freshman Communication Studies Major: 1st Place, Extemporaneous Speaking; 4th Place Duo interpretation with Kellen Kane.
Emily Herman, Freshman Honors Biology/Chemistry Major: 2nd Place, Extemporaneous Speaking; 3rd Place, Duo Interpretation with DaQuann Chung; 6th Place, Prose Interpretation.
Imani Thomas, Junior Communication Studies Major: 2nd Place, Prose Interpretation.
Dina Ismailova, Communication Studies Major: 3rd Place, Communication Analysis.
Next, the team travels to James Madison University to compete on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8 and 9. Team coaches are professor Mark Hickman and graduate assistant Kelsey Hockenberger.