March 9, 2017
At the Pennsylvania Forensic Association State Championship Tournament, the WCU Forensics Team brought home an array of awards, including — for the fifth year in a row — the state top overall speaker award.
That honor went to Rebeka Yocum, a junior Honors physics major, who was also the top overall speaker in 2015. To capture the title, she won first place in after-dinner speaking, prose interpretation, and duo interpretation with partner Sigfried Aragona, as well as second place in poetry interpretation.
Aragona, a junior Honors nursing major and last year's top overall speaker, took third place overall speaker this year after winning duo interpretation with Yocum, placing second in after-dinner speaking, second in program oral interpretation, third in poetry interpretation, and sixth in dramatic interpretation.
First year Honors communication studies major Abriana Gonzalez captured fourth place in persuasive speaking.
First year team member Anthony Fallacaro, a junior Honors middle grades education major, took sixth place in prose interpretation.
While the team finished in fourth place behind much larger teams from St. Joseph's University, Penn State University (combined campuses), and Lafayette College, WCU was the top team in quality points, generating more points per entry than any other team in the competition.
The team next competes in two national competitions: the Pi Kappa Delta Biennial Conference and Tournament in Boise, ID, March 21-15; and the National Forensic Association National Championships in Eau Claire, WI, April13-17.