Billboard congratulates Ohio University speech champ
Aug. 31, 2007
By Katie Quaranta
Speech champion and Ohio University sophomore Dan Glaser got a back-to-school surprise: a billboard erected in his honor near his hometown of Louisville, Ohio.
The 14-by-48 foot roadside sign, located on the north side of Route 30 in Canton near Harrison Avenue, features a smiling Glaser with a trophy and says, "There is no debate. He is the best in the state."
An accurate statement, since Glaser, a broadcast journalism major, was the No.1 overall competitor at the Ohio Forensics Association state tournament this past spring. He went on to claim first place in dramatic interpretation at the Phi Kappa Delta national speech tournament in March. Dan also placed third and fourth in events at the National Forensics Association tournament, while the team finished an impressive 11th overall in the nation. The billboard celebrates his wins.
"The Ohio University Debate and Forensics Team, in existence for more than 100 years, has a long history of excellence and has served as a springboard for a number of successful alumni," says Scripps College of Communication Dean Gregory Shepherd. "Dan's win marks the 25th national individual championship title for the team, and it is our honor to recognize him in this way."
Cassese Director of Forensics, Dan West, agrees that Glaser deserves this honor because he always strives to reach the high standards that are emblematic of Ohio University forensics, an intensely challenging activity in which students compete in events ranging from informative and persuasive speaking to dramatic interpretation and debate.
"As a freshman, Dan showed just how far you can go with hard work and dedication," West said.
Glaser was thrilled to learn about the billboard and is proud to be representing Ohio University.
"OU is really a great academic school," he said. "Forensics is one of the big reasons I came here, but OU really has a lot to offer."
Another thing that puts Glaser out front is his inclination to view the billboard as a tribute to his colleagues as much as to himself.
"I feel like this is an awesome thing for the team," he said. "They really make forensics worthwhile and something I enjoy."
CBS Outdoor put up the congratulatory billboard, which Ohio University designed, as a public service. The university is stepping up efforts to share its academic excellence, and plans are underway to put up similar billboards in other communities to further highlight student achievement.