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WCU Forensics Team Dominates at 2013 State Championship Tournament

The top three speakers in the State are WCU's Lanie
Presswood (third place), Dan Hinderliter (center and first
place), and Jake Markiewicz (second place).

The top three speakers in the State are WCU's Lanie Presswood (third place), Dan Hinderliter (center and first place), and Jake Markiewicz (second place).

A year of hard work came to fruition as the 15 students on the West Chester University Forensics (speech and debate) team dominated the other schools at the 2013 Pennsylvania Forensics Association State Championship, held on West Chester's campus Feb. 16 and 17.

West Chester also boasted the top two debate teams and top four pentathlon speakers. Special recognition goes to Jillian Heagerty and Dan Hinderliter, who took first and second places, respectively, in persuasive speaking and thereby earned places in the Interstate Oratorical Competition. This tournament, the oldest oratorical contest in the United States, will be held in Shreveport, La., in April.

Individual awards were as follows:

  • Dan Hinderliter, senior Honors middle grades education/communication studies major (Allentown, Pa.): first place, Pentathlon; first place, dramatic interpretation; first place, program oral interpretation; second place, after dinner speaking; second place, persuasion; third place, duo interpretation with Lanie Presswood.
  • Jake Markiewicz, senior Honors communication studies major (Avondale, Pa.): second place, Pentathlon; second place, Parliamentary debate speaker; first place, Parliamentary debate with Jill Heagerty; first place, after dinner speaking; first place, informative speaking; third place, impromptu speaking; third place, program oral interpretation; fourth place, duo interpretation with Carl Sandberg; sixth place, extemporaneous speaking.
  • Lanie Presswood, senior Honors communication studies major and team president (Bloomsburg, Pa.): third place, Pentathlon; first place, impromptu speaking; third place, persuasive speaking; third place, after dinner speaking; third place, extemporaneous speaking; third place, rhetorical criticism; third place, duo interpretation with Dan Hinderliter.
  • Joe Tetreault, senior history education major (Southampton, N.J.): second place, dramatic interpretation; second place, poetry interpretation; second place, rhetorical criticism; fifth place, program oral interpretation.
  • Ashley Murphy, junior Honors English education/special education major (Lake Ariel, Pa.): first place, Parliamentary debate speaker; second place, Parliamentary debate with Erik Starn; third place, informative speaking; fourth place, program oral interpretation; fifth place, rhetorical criticism.
  • Carl Sandberg, junior Honors philosophy major (international student, Norway): fourth place, duo interpretation.
  • Jillian Hearty, sophomore Honors English major (Glen Mills, Pa.): fourth place, Pentathlon; first place, persuasive speaking; second place, informative speaking; fourth place, rhetorical criticism.
  • Imani Thomas, sophomore Honors communication studies major (Wyndmoor, Pa.): fifth place, poetry interpretation; seventh place, duo interpretation with Carla Agbiro.
  • Erik Starn, sophomore Honors communication studies major (Wayne, Pa.): second place, Parliamentary debate with Ashley Murphy.
  • Carla Agbiro, freshman psychology/political science major (Philadelphia, Pa.): seventh place, duo interpretation with Imani Thomas.

With only two regular season tournaments left, coach Mark Hickman, WCU's Director of Forensics, and graduate assistant Kelsey Hockenberger are looking forward to the team's continued success at the Pi Kappa Delta national tournament in March and the National Forensics Association Championship in April.

More than 500 students from PASSHE universities have participated in THIS since the program began in 1989. Interns have worked with dozens of state agencies, as well as in the offices of the governor, the speaker of the House of Representatives and the attorney general.

More information on WCU Forensics can be found here.