Ryan Ritchie, a freshman business student from Franklin, has won several awards with Tennessee Tech University’s speech and debate team.
At the Buccaneer Parli Plunder Debate Tournament, Ritchie won the third place speaker award in novice debate. The team’s coach Graham Kash, TTU communication professor, was given the Graham Kash Service Award. The tournament was April 5 at Eastern Tennessee Sate University’s Kingsport campus.
At the Tennessee Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament, Ritchie won the sixth place speaker award in open debate. The university team won third in the debate sweepstakes. The tournament was held March 29-30 at Middle Tennessee State University.
At the Northeast State Community College Novice Debate Tournament, Ritchie won the seventh place speaker award in the novice debate competition. The tournament was held March 22 at Northeast State Community College.
At the Ruby C. Krider and Alumni Open Tournament, Ritchie was an open debate quarterfinalist. He also won the third speaker award in novice debate and fifth place in novice impromptu speaking. The TTU team also won first in debate sweepstakes, and won third in small team individual events both days of the tournament, which was Feb. 7-9 at Murray State University.