by Public Relations Office
Cedarville, Ohio - The Cedarville University novice forensics team recently earned top honors in the Ohio Forensics Association's Novice State Championship. The Cedarville team outdistanced squads from Ohio University, which placed second, and The Ohio State University, which finished third at the event held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The Cedarville lineup included Mark Awabdy of Cedarville, Ohio; Jeremy Bouma of Hudsonville, Mich.; Jon Culver of Clarks Summit, Pa.; Kristyn Gledhill of Lansing, Kan.; Janna Graham of Jordan, Minn.; Melissa Neufeld of Southfield, Mich.; Natalie Newfield of Bakersfield, Calif.; and Keith Peters of Lincoln, Neb. Matt Moore, Cedarville's director of forensics, said, "This is one of the finest novice teams in recent years at Cedarville University. All of the competitors are tremendously diligent and dedicated to being their best. Their first place finish is reflective of their hard work and talent." Competitors in forensics develop communication skills by competing in public address, oral interpretation, and other speech communication events. Competitors in the novice division are in their first year of forensics competition.