Forensics Team Places Third at Competition

BLOOMSBURG--The Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania forensics team captured the third place Sweepstakes Award at the Collegiate Forensic Association’s annual fall tournament held at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.V. on Oct. 19-20, 2018. 

Eleven out of the 18 BU students won awards, including first and second place in parliamentary debate in a field of 21 teams. 

Amy Bitar took second in the dramatic duo with Tarah Kelley; was third in place declamation; fourth in persuasive speaking; and fifth in pentathlon.

Alli Robbins was second in persuasive speaking, second in after-dinner speaking; and sixth in parliamentary debate with Adam Phillips.

Adam Phillips was sixth in parliamentary debate with Alli Robbins.

Noah Roux took first place parliamentary debate with Thomas Weber; first in best speaker parliamentary debate (out of 42 speakers); and was fourth in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Tarah Kelley was second in dramatic duo with Amy Bitar; third in persuasive speaking; sixth in Poetry; and sixth in Pentathlon

Katarina Solovey was fifth in poetry

Katie Rose took fourth place communication analysis

Thomas Weber took first in parliamentary debate with Noah Roux (Out of 21 teams); was fifth in best speaker parliamentary debate (out of 42 speakers); and sixth in communication analysis.

Shawn Edwards was second in parliamentary debate with Eric Musgrove.

Eric Musgrove was second in parliamentary debate with Shawn Edwards.

Andrew Kline was fifth in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Also competing for Bloomsburg University were Emme Reiser, Julia Pittre, Alyssah Dombek, Bradley Bohm, Isaac Osborn, Jonathan Roe, and Taylor Baker.

Neil Strine, Ph.D., director of forensics, and Michael Martin, Ph.D., associate professor of English, served as speech and debate judges for Bloomsburg at the tournament.  Erin Brummett, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication studies, assisted with coaching students on the team.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.