D&E Speech and Debate Team Earns Four Awards at Tourney

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College Speech and Debate Team continued its success placing in four categories at The Hatfields and McCoys Invitational Swing Tournament hosted by Marshall University and the University of Kentucky on February 10.

Senior Emily Coffman of Elkins earned first place in Radio Broadcasting and sixth place in After Dinner Speaking.

Thaddeus Breckenridge, a sophomore from Beckley, West Virginia, placed fifth in Public Debate.

Together, Coffman and Breckenridge placed fifth in Overall Team Performance.

Other schools in attendance were Ball State University, Boyce College, Grove City College, Marshall University, Shepherd University, University of Kentucky, University of Pikeville and University of Virginia.

Last month, Coffman and sophomore Emily Alexander of Strasburg, Virginia, attended the Collegiate Forensic Association (CFA) Winter Tournament in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. There, Coffman placed first in After Dinner Speaking, fifth in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and sixth in Prose Interpretation.

The team’s recent achievements follow on its successes from last semester when Coffman placed first in After Dinner Speaking, second in Impromptu Speaking, third in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and received the top individual speaker honors in Parliamentary Debate at the CFA tournament at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middleton, Virginia. At the CFA tournament at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia, Coffman placed third in Impromptu Speaking.

The team next travels to the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament on the Fairmont State University campus on February 24-25, and the Collegiate Forensics Association Tournament in Ocean City, Maryland, on March 2-3.

On campus, the Speech and Debate Team will host a public debate at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 21 in Eshleman Science Center 400. The topic is Davis & Elkins College Should Create a Black Student Union. Two other public debates are being planned with date and topics to be announced. Davis & Elkins College will also host the high school state speech and debate tournament on March 16-17.

Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.


Photo Caption: Davis & Elkins College Speech and Debate Team members Emily Coffman and Thaddeus Breckenridge display their awards from the Hatfields and McCoys Invitational Swing Tournament. The team placed in four categories competing against eight colleges and universities.

Davis & Elkins College Speech and Debate Team