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Speech Team Wins State Tournament - 2/22/2010

On Saturday, February 20, 2010 Marian University made a little history by winning its first state championship in forensics. Each of the nine Marian University students at the tournament placed among the top six competitors in at least one event. The team won seven state championships in individual events

For the past 25 years, either Indiana University or Ball State University has won the tournament. Other schools competing included Butler University, IUPUI, IU South Bend, Purdue University, University of Indianapolis, University of Notre Dame, and Wabash College. The Marian University team first attended the state tournament in 2007, placing seventh that year.     

Here are the individual results.

Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
Sixth place: Mike Byers and second place: Audra Casterline

Extemporaneous Speaking
Fifth place: Josh Eskew

Rhetorical Criticism
Third place: Josh Eskew and state champion: Cassie Craft

Novice Prose
Second place: Audra Casterline

Fifth place: Corrine Purvis, third place: Caitlin Johns, and second place: Jewel Flitcraft

Novice Informative Speaking
Second place: Michael Baumann and state champion: Audra Casterline

Informative Speaking
Third place: Corrine Purvis

Duo Interpretation
Fifth place: Cassie Craft and Caitlin Johns

Novice Impromptu Speaking
Fifth place: Michael Baumann and state champion: Audra Casterline

Impromptu Speaking
Fifth place: Josh Eskew

Novice Dramatic Interpretation
State champion: Michael Baumann

Dramatic Interpretation
Sixth place: Cassie Craft, fifth place: Sarah McEwan, and state champion: Caitlin Johns

After Dinner Speaking
Fourth place: Caitlin Johns and state champion: Corrine Purvis

Persuasive Speaking
Fifth place: Corrine Purvis, second place: Jewel Flitcraft, and state champion: Sarah McEwan

Novice Poetry
Fourth place: Michael Baumann

Fourth place: Corrine Purvis and second place: Sarah McEwan

Scholarly Paper in Communication
State champion: Josh Eskew