The Alderson Broaddus University Speech and Debate team placed second in overall team sweepstakes at the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensic Association’s state championship tournament held recently at West Liberty University.

Placing first in dramatic duo was Kiersten Long, a senior communications major from Philippi, WV, and Kriston VanHorn, a sophomore family studies major from Ravenswood, WV.  In addition, Long ranked fourth in rhetorical criticism and sixth in program oral interpretation and poetry.  VanHorn also placed fifth in persuasion and single dramatic interpretation.

D’Laontie Lewis, a senior communications major from Dunbar, WV, ranked second as a L-D debate speaker, third in prose, fifth in dramatic duo and after dinner speaking, and sixth in pentathlon.

Tia Price, a junior music major from Clarksburg, WV, placed second in rhetorical criticism, fourth in persuasion, fifth in prose, and sixth in impromptu.

Hilary McConnell, a senior political science major from Preston County, WV, won second in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

Derek Brown, a senior communication major from Philippi, WV, ranked third as a L-D debate speaker, fourth in persuasion, fifth in program oral interpretation, and sixth in prose, dramatic duo, and rhetorical criticism.

Alyssa Jones, a sophomore political science/history major from Petersburg, WV, placed third in after dinner speaking, fourth in single dramatic interpretation and fifth in dramatic duo.

Abe Schoonover, a junior music major from Kingwood, WV, ranked fourth in after-dinner speaking.

Amanda Fincham, a sophomore biology major from Elkins, WV,  placed 5th in informative and 6th in persuasive speaking.

Ryan Williams, a junior secondary education math major from Louden Co., VA, ranked 6th in dramatic duo and after-dinner speaking.

Also competing and earning sweepstakes points for AB were Shaunna Miller, Rusty Alkire, Maxine Kisner and Steven Fuir.