The Miami University forensics team finished first at the Ohio Forensics Association’s State Championship held in February at Marietta College.
Miami was crowned champion of the debate division as well as the individual events division, claiming 34 of the 78 awards offered at the tournament. Additionally, the team had members advance to the final rounds of every event offered.
The team won first place in dramatic interpretation, prose interpretation, extemporaneous speaking, Lincoln-Douglas debate and parliamentary debate.
Casey McDonald, a senior political science and philosophy double major, and Lainie Lynch, a sophomore speech pathology and audiology and professional writing major with a rhetoric/writing minor, were named the overall first and second place outstanding speakers in individual events. Ankita Pandey, a junior biochemistry major, and Alex Lange, a sophomore philosophy major, won first and second place for outstanding speakers for the debate division.
Thirteen schools from across the state competed, including Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati and Ohio University.
During spring break, members of the team, in conjunction with students enrolled in COM 135, will travel to Rome, Ga., to compete in the Novice Nationals. Miami has finished first at this competition the past two years.
Throughout the year, members of the team help with program events, in-class debates or other public speaking engagements. Ian Hopkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) is director of forensics.