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WVU Parkersburg forensics student takes overall honors in state tournament.
CONTACT: Barbara Harris, instructor of speech, 304-424-8229.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A West Virginia University at Parkersburg forensics student took first place overall honors in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensics Association's state tournament held Feb. 23-24.
Brittany Huffman of Parkersburg won first place overall by placing first in dramatic interpretation and persuasion; second place in poetry and prose interpretation, and fourth in impromptu speaking. She was named first place winner of the pentathlon as the overall top speaker of the tourney.
Other WVU Parkersburg participants winning honors included Paul Pranksi of Cottageville, who garnered fifth place honors in poetry and Rebecca McClung of Parkersburg, who received third place honors for informative speaking. All three WVU Parkersburg students qualified to advance to the national tournament. Sarah Breeden of Parkersburg also contributed points to the WVU Parkersburg team in the tournament.
Ms. Huffman now advances to the Interstate Oratorical Association tournament to be held April 23-28 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Competitors are the top two speakers from each state. Also representing West Virginia at the annual tourney will be Mendi Simon of Alderson-Broaddus College.
WVU Parkersburg placed third overall in the state competition and third in individual events. In addition to WVU Parkersburg and Alderson-Broaddus, teams vying for honors at the tournament included Marshall University, Ohio Valley University and Shepherd University. The state tournament was hosted by WVU Parkersburg.The WVU Parkersburg forensics team is coached by Barbara Harris, instructor of speech and the current president of the WVIFA. Lawrence McKenzie, adjunct instructor of English, served as assistant director of the tournament, and volunteers as assistant coach of the forensics team.