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Berry Forensics wins 24th straight state championship

Jessie Goodson, Campus Carrier News Editor

The Berry College Forensics Union won their 24th consecutive Ga. Intercollegiate Foresnsics Association Team State Championship. 

On Feb. 17, 19 forensics students traveled to the University of North Georgia-Gainesville and earned 42 individual awards and 11 out of 14 available state chapionships. 

This was the first competition for 13 of the competitors, and there are no seniors on the roster. 

The group had champions in the categories: 

Persuasion − Britton Ody 

Impromptu speaking − Jacob Pritchett 

Program of oral interpretation − Avery James 

Dramatic interpretation − Nadia Clinkscales 

Rhetorical criticism − Anna Claire Tucker 

Duo interpretation − Ben Allee and Olivia Brown 

Poetry interpretation − Shelby Newland 

Prose interpretation − Bailey Dingley 

Informative − Beth Anne DeKeizer 

After dinner speaking − Margaret Ashton 

Public narrative − Shelby Newland 

They also placed in impromptu sales, extemporaneous speaking, slam poetry and individual sweepstakes. 

The top two winners in persuasion will represent the state of Georgia at the Interstate Oratorical Contest in late April. 

The team will now prepare for upcoming national competitions including Novice Nationals at Suffolk University in Boston (March 9-11) and the National Speech Championships at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (March 24-25).

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