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Dear Colleagues:                                                                                                   September 14, 2022


The Department of Communication Studies of Marshall University and the Marshall University Thundering Word Speech and Debate Team are pleased to invite you to attend the Chief Justice Invitational Tournament to be held on Friday, October 28 – Saturday, October 29, 2022. The tournament will be held on the beautiful campus of Marshall University in Huntington, WV. This tournament prides itself on being a comprehensive tournament that places equal value on individual events and debate. As such, we will be offering the following preliminary rounds, all with appropriate elimination rounds and novice categories for events with substantial entries:

  • 2 preliminary rounds of all 11 NFA Individual Events
  • 4 rounds of IPDA,


For events too small to have separate novice and varsity categories, we will recognize the top novice. We will also award Individual Sweepstakes trophies to the top six speakers who enter four or more individual events, regardless of genre. Debate speaker awards will be given to the top six IPDA speakers.


If you have any questions regarding the tournaments, please feel free to contact the Tournament Director, Clara Adkins, by phone, 304 634-9605 or email at adkins442@marshall.edu or Nancy Jackson at jackso21@marshall.edu


On Friday evening as soon as the tournament ends, we will also be hosting a Halloween party with the Japanese club here on campus. Tricks, treats and karaoke will be provided. Please join us in Smith Hall 154.  


You can register for the tournament online at Speechwire.com

Registration will close at 5:00 PM, Tuesday, October 25, 2022. We look forward to seeing you in October.




The Coaches of The Thundering Word


Clara Adkins

Director of Forensics


Nancy Jackson

Assistant Director of Forensics


Michael Shirzadian

Debate Coach


Austin Fry

Graduate Assistant Coach




Manager contact information

Clara Adkins
Email address: adkins442@marshall.edu
Phone number: 304.634.9605

Mailing address

None provided

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