More than 130 students participate in Forensics Tournament

The 11th annual Penn State Beaver Forensics Tournament was held March 11 on campus. A total of 132 students from Beaver Middle School, Beaver High School; Freedom Middle School, Freedom High School; Quigley Catholic High School, South Side High School; and West Allegheny High School competed in six events. Twenty-five Beaver campus students and faculty members served as volunteers. First through third place winners received trophies, and fourth through sixth place winners received certificates.

"Forensics allows students to face fears of public speaking and builds confidence," said John Chapin, associate professor of communications and coordinator of the annual Forensics Tournament. "The tournament also provides an opportunity for schools to encourage academic growth and competition in a nonathletic forum."

Winners of the Forensics Tournament follow:

Dramatic Interpretation: Students performed short stories or cuttings from published books or plays.

Middle School
First Place: Nathan James, Freedom

High School
First Place: Stacey Wallis, Freedom
Second Place: Dani Figas, Beaver
Third Place: Aaron McSorley, Freedom
Fourth Place: Deanna Edwards, Freedom
Fifth Place: Alicia Galeno, Beaver
Sixth Place: Daniel Juzwick, West Allegheny

Humorous Interpretation: Students performed short stories or cuttings from published books or plays.

Middle
First Place: Hadley Neish, Beaver
Second Place: Raylen Shannon, Freedom
Third Place: Laura Onuska, Beaver

High School
First Place: Kaye Burnet, Quigley Catholic
Second Place: Anthony Kuntz, Quigley Catholic
Third Place: Katie Conedera, Beaver
Fourth Place: Jennifer Wallis, Freedom
Fifth Place: Marissa Dever, Beaver
Sixth Place: Brittany Renkin, Beaver

Original Oratory: Students delivered memorized original speeches to inform the audience about a topic or to persuade the audience regarding an important issue.

Middle School
First Place: Louie Dubovi, Freedom

High School
First Place: Kate Straatmann, Quigley Catholic
Second Place: Michael Fogel, Quigley Catholic
Third Place: Melanie Lally, South Side

Impromptu Speaking: Students were given a topic and required to deliver a three to five minute speech with only one to two minutes of preparation. In a twist on traditional forensics competitions, fortune cookies were used to determine topics.

Middle School
First Place: Emma Cumberledge, Freedom
Second Place: Carly Park, Freedom
Third Place: Louie Dubovi, Freedom

High School
First Place: Michael Fogel, Quigley Catholic
Second Place: Kaye Burnet, Quigley Catholic
Third Place: Josi Sinagoga, West Allegheny
Fourth Place: Tim Dikec, Beaver
Fifth Place: Grace Shield, West Allegheny
Sixth Place: Dayna Kirby, Quigley Catholic

Dramatic Duo: Partners performed dramatic or humorous cuttings from published plays.

Middle School
First Place: Emma Cumberledge and Aaron Scheider, Freedom
Second Place: Raylen Shannon and Ayrton Mutagaana, Freedom
Third Place: Emily Carney and Breanna Boeh, Beaver
Fourth Place: Jordan Miller and Abbey Sheasley, Beaver
Fifth Place: Lara Pavlick and Carly Park, Freedom
Sixth Place: R.J. Schlegel and Amanda Herzog

High School
First Place: Breanna Renkin and Brittany Renkin, Beaver
Second Place: Christian Beck and Mercadies Whipple, Freedom
Third Place: Emma Wilson and Carli Cardillo, West Allegheny
Fourth Place: Tim Dikec and Meghan Hewko, Beaver
Fifth Place: Tyla Piehler and Caitlin Frain, Freedom
Sixth Place: Alaina Gillin and Katie Stark, Beaver

Wretched Interpretation: This is a novelty event in which students performed intentionally bad, melodramatic interpretations of material they selected.

High School Only
First Place: Anthony Kuntz, Quigley Catholic
Second Place: Ty Tracy, West Allegheny
Third Place: Angela Klayko, West Allegheny
Fourth Place: Costa Barlamas, Freedom
Fifth Place: Kaye Burnet, Quigley Catholic
Sixth Place: John Paul Lisella, Quigley Catholic

Final Team Awards
Teams earned one point for each student or duo that placed and one additional point for each first-place finish.

First Place Middle School: Freedom
First Place High School: Quigley Catholic

For information about the Forensics Tournament, contact Chapin at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877.

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Last Updated March 28, 2011