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Ohio Forensics Association Champions

by Grace Burch, Student Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University’s speech and debate teams won three individual championships and one team championship from the Ohio Forensics Association’s state championship. The event was held virtually on Saturday, Feb. 19, because of COVID protocols.

Cedarville’s individual champions include Will Galkin of Murray, Utah, and Paul Miller of Chariton, Iowa, in duo interpretation; Maren Moses of Columbus, Ohio, in persuasive speaking; and Eric Doese of Sussex, Wisconsin, in the debate competition. Alex Boesch of Champaign, Illinois, finished second as the overall top speaker in Ohio.

Members of the speech team also include Olivia Ball of Cedarville, Ohio; Micaiah O’Malley of Martinsville, Indiana; and Avé Burson of Cedarville, Ohio. Members of the debate team include Thaddian Burson of Cedarville, Ohio; Connor Hall of Pawcatuck, Connecticut; Hannah Dunham of Southgate, Michigan; Abby Delp of Harleysville, Pennsylvania; and Ella Bode of Hilton, New York.

Professor Eric Mishne, assistant professor of communication, serves as director of forensics.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,715 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including its Bachelor of Arts in Communication program, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit

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