Ohio University Forensics Team on its way to the national championships
April 16, 2007
By Mariel Betancourt
Though they've have been counting down the days until their biggest competition of the year -- that's just two more days, for those of us who don't live, breathe and sleep forensics -- the university's Debate and Forensics Team already has scored two top wins.
The March 7 to 10 Pi Kappa Delta National Convention at Central Michigan University resulted in the first two national championships of the season for senior Daniel DiLoreto and freshman Dan Glaser. They won in the categories of after-dinner speaking and dramatic interpretation, respectively. Over the years, Ohio University has won 25 national championships in forensics.
It was Ohio University's first appearance at this tournament -- and a sign of more success to come.
"These results show how hard our team has been working, especially with so many of them being first-year competitors," said Director Dan West. "Our success at the Pi Kappa Delta tournament lets me know that we are definitely on track."
Under West's guidance, the team has been preparing for its top competition of the season: the National Forensics Association National Tournament April 19 to 23 at Berry College in Rome, Ga., where 11 Ohio University students will vie for national wins in 41 events.
Also at stake is a top 10 ranking for the university. Last year, the team placed fourth in Division IV.
"We are hoping that we will be strong enough to pull into the top 10 in Division I," West said.
At the Pi Kappa Delta National Convention, participating students earned nine "superior" ratings and six "excellent" ratings in all.
In addition to Glaser and DiLoreto, top winners included Sarah Hoppes, second place, after-dinner speaking; Chris Glaser, fifth place, after-dinner speaking; Dani Bernat and Daniel DiLoreto, third place, dramatic duo.
One of the founders of the National Forensics Association, Ohio University has attended the national tournament every year and is one of five schools to have taken the top prize more than once.
A division of the Scripps College of Communication's School of Communication Studies, the Debate and Forensics Team welcomes students of all majors.
For more information, visit the team's Web site at www.coms.ohiou.edu/forensics.
Mariel Betancourt is a writer with University Communications and Marketing.