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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Annie Farinella

If you're ever at a speech tournament and you see an OU student stretching while waiting for an event that doesn't start for another hour, you've probably just seen Annie Farinella in the middle of one of her pre-tournament rituals.

Annie is a freshman from Perrysburg, Ohio. She competes in Poetry Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, After Dinner Speaking, and Duo Interpretation. She joined the Ohio University Forensics Team in part because she enjoyed it in high school, and also because her older sister competed for Miami of Ohio.

Her favorite aspect of being on the team? "I love my team mates; we have a lot in common. I feel like I have older brothers, and older sisters that look out for me. We are all very committed people, and we share a lot of the same goals."

Forensics is not the only activity Annie participates in. She is a member of PRSSA, a writer for PRofessional (a PRSSA newspaper), College Republicans and Campus Crusaders. With so many different extra curriculars, time is precious for Annie.

"It is really hard to go to everything you want to go to when you are in Forensics," Annie said. "It is a time commitment, but I wouldn't have it any other way. If you want to do well, you need to put in the time."