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Tenth annual Penn State Beaver Forensics Tournament held on campus

3/29/2010 —

The 10th annual Penn State Beaver Forensics Tournament was held Friday, March 12, on campus for area middle and high school students. Seventy-five students from Beaver Middle School, Freedom High School, Freedom Middle School, and Hopewell Memorial Junior High School competed in six events, and 30 Beaver campus students and faculty members served as volunteers.

First through third place winners received trophies, and fourth through sixth place winners received certificates.

Dramatic Interpretation for Middle School - Students performed short stories or cuttings from published books or plays.
First Place - Jennifer Wallis, Freedom
Second Place - GiGi DeWeese, Freedom
Third Place - Ally Wolf, Freedom

Dramatic Interpretation for High School - Students performed short stories or cuttings from published books or plays.
First Place - Becca Fleming, Freedom
Second Place - Christopher Rooney, Freedom
Third Place - Putri Mesing, Freedom
Fourth Place - Christian Beck, Freedom
Fifth Place - Dylan Jacobs, Freedom
Sixth Place - Ivan Stanyard, Freedom

Humorous Interpretation for High School - Students performed short stories or cuttings from published books or plays.
First Place - Brittany Renkin, Beaver
Second Place - Samantha Jo Smith, Freedom
Third Place - Nolan Rider, Freedom

Original Oratory for High School - Students delivered memorized original speeches to inform the audience about a topic or to persuade the audience regarding an important issue.
First Place - Meagen Finnerty, Freedom

Impromptu Speaking for High School - Students were given a topic, then required to deliver a 3-5 minute speech with only 1-2 minutes of preparation. For a twist on traditional forensics competitions, this tournament used fortune cookies to determine the topics.
First Place - Tim Ditec, Beaver

Dramatic Duo for Middle School - Partners performed dramatic or humorous cuttings from published plays.
First Place - GiGi DeWeese and Ally Wolf, Freedom
Second Place - Abigail Lloyd and Lacey Rovnack, Hopewell
Third Place - Chloe Kraus and Izzy Minns, Beaver
Fourth Place - Laura Butts and Samantha Marckioni, Hopewell
Fifth Place - Katie Glass and Megan Hromika, Beaver
Sixth Place - Lauren Dubovi and Jennifer Wallis, Freedom

Dramatic Duo for High School - Partners performed dramatic or humorous cuttings from published plays.
First Place - Christian Beck and Samantha Jo Smith, Freedom
Second Place - Christopher Rooney and Putri Mesing, Freedom
Third Place - Becca Fleming and Julie Scheller, Freedom
Fourth Place - Nolan Rider and Aubrey Sprecker, Freedom
Fifth Place - Zachary Hancharik and Evan Stiger, Freedom
Sixth Place - Bryan McSorley and Brittany Sturm, Freedom

Team Award - Teams earned one point for each student or duo that placed and one additional point for each first place finish.
First Place – Freedom Middle School and Freedom High School

Wretched Interpretation - Awards were not given for this novelty event in which students performed intentionally bad, melodramatic interpretations of material they chose.

"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 non-athletic forum."

Chapin can be contacted at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877.

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