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Julia Schaefer (left) and Kelsey Stanfield. (Contributed Photo)

Tiffin, Ohio — Heidelberg University’s dynamic speaking duo, Julia Schaefer and Kelsey Stanfield, have clinched the Ohio Forensics Association’s State Champion title in the President’s Division during the 2023 State Tournament. The competition was hosted by John Carroll University on Feb. 17.

Schaefer, a senior integrated media and English major hailing from Grafton, Ohio, achieved the title of State Champion in Programmed Oral Interpretation. She also secured second place in Broadcasting and fourth place in Dramatic Interpretation. Meanwhile, Stanfield, a senior English and communication major from Rushsylvania, Ohio, earned fourth place in both After Dinner Speaking and Broadcasting.

The efforts of both students garnered the team the tournament’s Quality Award, which is given to the team with the highest average number of points earned per entry.

Heidelberg Director of Forensics Dan Higgins commended the duo’s impressive performance, saying, “Earning both the Quality Award and the State Championship is a spectacular feat. It speaks to both the consistency and hard work of both of these speakers all season long.”

The annual State tournament is open to all Ohio colleges and universities. OFA President Mark Rittenour from the University of Akron remarked, “Ohio remains one of a few states in the country that is able to host a fully qualified State tournament. Forensics is alive and well in the State of Ohio and we have a great deal of which to be proud.”

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