Capturing championships in Impromptu Speaking, Rhetorical Criticism, and Program Oral Interpretation, the West Chester University Forensics Team competed at the Pennsylvania State Championship Tournament held on February 18-19, 2012, at Cedar Crest College, in Allentown. The team finished second overall and won twenty-six individual awards.
Dan Hinderliter, junior Honors middle grades education major from Allentown, won a spot as one of Pennsylvania’s two representatives to the Interstate Oratorical Contest, the oldest continuously running national speech competition in the nation (143 years), which pits the nation’s best collegiate persuasive speakers against one another for top national honors in oratory. Many of our nation’s leaders have competed in this contest throughout its history including William Jennings Bryan, Vernon Jordan, George McGovern, and Robert M. LaFollette.
Individual honors went to:
Dan Hinderliter: Third in Pentathlon (overall speaker versatility), Second Place in Persuasion, Third Place in After Dinner Speaking, Fifth Place in Duo Interpretation with Lanie Presswood, Fifth Place in Poetry Interpretation, and Fifth Place in Dramatic Interpretation.
Lanie Presswood, junior communication studies major from Bloomsburg: First Place in Rhetorical Criticism, Second Place in After Dinner Speaking, Fifth Place in Program Oral Interpretation, and Sixth Place in Pentathlon (overall speaker versatility).
Joe Tetreault, junior history education major from Southampton, New Jersey: Third Place in Prose Interpretation, Fourth Place in Poetry Interpretation, Fourth Place in Program Oral Interpretation, and Fifth Place in Informative Speaking.
Jake Markiewicz, junior communication studies major from Avondale: First Place in Impromptu Speaking, Fifth Place in Extemporaneous Speaking, and Sixth Place in Informative Speaking.
Andrew Lloyd, junior communication studies major from West Chester: First Place in Program Oral Interpretation and Sixth Place in Persuasion.
Ashley Murphy, sophomore English BSED/special education major from Lake Ariel: Second Place in Impromptu Speaking and Second Place in Rhetorical Criticism.
Imani Thomas, first year communication studies major from Philadelphia, Third Place in Duo Interpretation with Daquann Chung, Fourth Place in After Dinner Speaking and Sixth Place in Prose Interpretation.
Siobhan Harding, first year political science/international relations major from Bear, Delaware, and Tiffany Lopez, first year undeclared major from West Chester: Second Place in Parliamentary Debate.
Daquann Chung, sophomore undeclared major from Pocono Lake, Third Place in Duo Interpretation with Imani Thomas.
West Chester University’s Director of Forensics, Mark Hickman, was elected to a third term as Executive Secretary of the Pennsylvania Forensic Association.