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Westminster College students win state forensics awards

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Posted on Monday, February 24, 2020

WILKES-BARRE, Pa.— Four Westminster College students from the Westminster College Speech and Debate Society won awards at the Pennsylvania Forensic Association Championship Tournament Feb. 15-16 at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Julie Yesko, a senior English major from Greenville, placed fourth in Poetry Interpretation and sixth in Program Oral Interpretation.

Iris Davis Hall, a first-year communication studies major from Niles, Ohio, won the sixth place medal for After Dinner Speaking.

First-year students Izayah Bojanac and Evan Brochinsky took home the second place medal for Dramatic Duo. Bojanac is a biochemistry major from Harrisburg. Brochinsky, a double major in political science and PreK-4 early childhood education/PreK-8 special education, is from Bridgewater, N.J.

Westminster earned a fifth place overall placement at the tournament and placed first in the President’s Division, the category for schools with smaller numbers of entrants.

“I love seeing hard work rewarded,” said Dr. Randy Richardson, adviser of Westminster’s Speech and Debate Society and adjunct professor in the School of Communication. “It was a thrill to see all four Westminster students qualify for final round state championship competition, especially since three of the four were experiencing their first or second intercollegiate competition. Great day to be a Talkin’ Titan!”

Westminster will host the state championship tournament in February 2021.

For more information about the Westminster College Speech and Debate Society, please contact Richardson at 724-946-7348 or by email at

Student award winners from the Pennsylvania Forensic Association Championship Tournament are, from left, Iris Davis Hall, Evan Brochinsky, Izayah Bojanac and Julie Yesko.