Six members of the Marian College speech team made history by traveling to Missouri State University for the National Forensic Association tournament on April 15-20, 2009. They competed in several different events, successfully placing Marian College as the 10th division two college in the nation. This is the first time Marian College has ever been represented in this event.
Caitlin Johns, Cassie Craft, Corrine Purvis, Jewel Flitcraft, Josh Eskew, and Sarah McEwan competed with students from across the country in informative speaking, poetry interpretation, and extemporaneous speaking. They delivered 64 speeches over the five-day competition. Dr. George LaMaster, assistant professor of communication and director of forensics, and Bjorn Stillion Southard, assistant director of forensics, coached the team.
Junior Jewel Flitcraft commented on her experience at nationals, “I came away with having the great experience of representing the Franciscan tradition that we follow, and also that personal feeling of fulfilment that I represented Marian College the best that I could.”
The speech team looks forward to next year when they set themselves up for another national competition. Flitcraft said, “Obviously we’re going to strive to go back and place higher at nationals, but we also are going to continue to strive to do our best and fulfill the tradition we’ve set this year as we represent our college.
Marian College is the only Catholic college in Indiana with an active speech team. The team’s faith-based approach to forensics emphasizes self-expression, community-building, and horizon-broadening as paths to spiritual maturity across a diversity of religious traditions.