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Prevailing in a field that included the top ten forensics schools in the nation, Kimberly Moore ’06 (Sandy, Utah) took first place in novice Lincoln Douglas debate at a forensics tournament last weekend hosted by Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

Moore also earned the event’s top speaker award, which is based strictly on the results of preliminary rounds.

“I am very excited about how I did, ” says Moore. “I have been working hard, but I am most indebted to my teammates. They have really been helping me figure out how Lincoln Douglas Debate works.”

“Kim is an excellent speaker,” says Jon Honiball, Lafayette debate coach. “She has tremendous potential in the world of debate. I’m glad to have the opportunity to work with Kim and others like her.”

Four other members of Lafayette’s Forensics Society sparred in the 26-team tournament.

Sophomore Erik Heins of Center Moriches, N.Y., participated in extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking, and Lincoln Douglas debate. He performed in dramatic duo with junior history major Rachel Korpanty of Summerville, S.C.

Korpanty also took the stage in after dinner speaking, dramatic interpretation, program oral interpretation, and prose events.

Michael Lestingi, a junior mechanical engineering major from Tallmadge, Ohio, competed in Lincoln Douglas Debate and impromptu speaking. Sophomore history major Paul Kritzler of Monkton, Md., also was a contender in Lincoln Douglas debate.

Honiball and Scott Placke, director of forensics, accompanied the group.

The team will head back to Ball State in April for the National Forensic Association’s tournament.

Lafayette’s Forensics Society got off to a strong start this season as a group of nine first-year students earned the top three places in extemporaneous speech, scored the top two honors in impromptu speech, and won several other commendations in a 17-team field at the Bloomsburg Novice Tournament Sept. 28.

The team continued its success with a third-place finish at the West Chester Rose Bowl Tournament Oct 12-13.

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