The Alderson Broaddus Speech and Debate Team won first in overall team sweepstakes at the Collegiate Forensic Association tournament held at Morgan State University in Baltimore. The team competing against colleges and universities from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia returned home with twenty-three trophies. Derek Brown, a senior communication major from Philippi, won first in single dramatic interp; second in prose, L-D debate, and pentathlon; third in informative and dramatic duo, and fourth in extemporaneous speaking.
Tia Price, a junior music major from Clarksburg, placed first in dramatic duo and communication analysis; third in persuasion and fourth in pentathlon.
D'Laontie Lewis, a senior communications major from Charleston, was awarded first in poetry, third in prose and communication analysis, and sixth in pentathlon.
Shaunna Miller, a senior nursing major from Beverly, won first in dramatic duo and second in single dramatic interp.
Amanda Fincham, a sophomore biology major from Elkins, placed second in persuasive speaking.
Kriston VanHorn, a sophomore family studies major from Ravenswood, was awarded third in after-dinner speaking and fifth in persuasion.
Ryan Williams, a junior secondary education math major from Laurel Co., MD, won third in dramatic duo.
Abe Schoonover, a junior music major from Philippi, placed sixth in after-dinner speaking.
Judging for AB University were alumni Nikky Luna, Megan and Lowell Highbargin, and Erica Byrd.
After their wins, the team visited the sights of the Baltimore Inner Harbor and enjoyed a seafood dinner.
Speech and debate at AB is open to all students of all majors. Scholarships are available and interested individuals should contact Ms. Barbara Sims, Director of Forensics.