West Liberty University Competes at the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament

West Liberty University Competes at the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament West Liberty University is one of eighty-four colleges and universities competing at the National Forensic Association’s 40th National Tournament.  The tournament is being held on April 15-19 at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. This marks the first time that West Liberty University has ever competed at the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament.  West Liberty is competing against schools as large as the University of Texas at Austin and Ivy League schools like Cornell University. Freshman James Birch from Beaver, West Virginia is competing in Prose Interpretation.  He is competing against over 200 students in this event.  James qualified for the National Tournament by finishing 6th in Prose Interpretation at the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensic Association’s State Tournament. “I am really excited to compete at Nationals.  I really like that I have the chance to compete against people from all across the country. This is a great experience, and I am really looking forward to competing in this Tournament and competing next year,” Birch said. Ryan McCullough, the Speech Team’s faculty advisor, stated, “This is a wonderful opportunity for James.  It is extremely impressive that James was able to qualify for the National Tournament as a...

Speech and Debate Team Takes 4th Place at State Tournament

Speech and Debate Team Takes 4th Place at State Tournament The West Liberty University Speech and Team took 4th place at the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament held on March 26th and 27th at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. The Speech and Debate Team finished behind Alderson-Broaddus College, Marshall University, and Shepherd University at the State Tournament.  This was first time West Liberty has competed at the WVIFA State Tournament, which is only open to colleges and universities within the state of West Virginia. Freshman Anna Patrick’s speech on in-vitro fertilization placed her third in the Persuasive Speaking Competition. Freshman James Birch’s performance of Chuck Klosterman’s “This is Emo” placed him third in Prose Interpretation.  In addition, James has qualified to compete at National Forensic Association’s National Tournament which will be held at Ohio University from April...