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OHIO Forensics Team honored by House of Representatives

Alex Koumas | Mar 29, 2012

OHIO Forensics Team honored by House of Representatives

By Alex Koumas,ak289507@ohio.edu

LEFT: The Ohio University Forensics Team and John A. Cassese Director of Forensics Dan West, left, pose with the commendation they received at a Statehouse event Wednesday, March 28, 2012, in Columbus. BELOW LEFT: Ohio Rep. Debbie Phillips visits with members of the Ohio Forensics Team. BELOW RIGHT: Rep. Debbie Phillips speaks during a session of the House of Representatives during which members of the Ohio University Forensics Team were recognized. / Photos by Scott Titsworth

ATHENS, Ohio (March 29, 2012) – On Wednesday, March 28 the Ohio University’s Forensics Team traveled to the Statehouse in Columbus to attend the House of Representatives session to be honored Representative Debbie Phillips for their recent state and national championships.

“Congratulations on your hard work and success and I have no doubt that that you are all future leaders in Ohio,” stated Rep. Phillips, an Ohio University alumna, at the session.

Last month was a memorable one for the Ohio University’s Speech and Debate team. They traveled to Miami University in Oxford and won the Ohio Forensics Association State Championship Tournament for the 5th consecutive year. The weekend after, they also took home the title of National Champions of the College Public Forum National Debate Tournament at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. They also brought home an additional 62 awards, including nine individual national titles.

“I am humbled to coach such an amazing group of students,” said Dan West, the John A. Cassese Director of Forensics and assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies. “Please join me in congratulating them on all of their hard work and for this wonderful recognition.”

In addition to being honored at the statehouse, the team received a commendation from Mary Taylor, the Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, to congratulate them on their hard work and success.

“Your team’s success at the competition reflect the many months of hard work and personal commitment each of them have demonstrated in preparation for the contest,” Mary Taylor wrote in the commendation letter. “The students’ passion for knowledge and the advisor’s dedication to the Speaking Bobcats over the past year have earned OU this distinct recognition.”

First Lady Deborah McDavis, Scripps College of Communication Interim Dean Scott Titsworth, and Communications Studies Interim Director Jerry Miller also made the trip to show their support.

“Yesterday was a tremendous honor for our state and national champion speech and debate team,” Interim Dean Titsworth said. “Speech and debate provides a unique opportunity for students from Ohio University to use their liberal arts training to compete against other students from around the country. I'm very proud of our students and our coaches because we have established an unmatched mark of excellence.”

West and the Speaking Bobcats are now focusing their efforts on the American Forensic Association and National Forensics Association tournaments, which will be held in April.