6/14/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Dan O’Rourke, associate professor of communication studies at Ashland University, has co-authored a book with his son, Morgan Bostdorff O’Rourke. The book, titled "A Good Town Speaking Well," is a history of the Wooster High School Speech and Debate team.
For more than 100 years the Wooster forensic team has excelled in local, state and national competition. Wooster High School has qualified students to the National Forensic League championship tournament 63 times, more than any public or private high school in the nation.
This is a story of the students, coaches, teachers, parents and community that supported this unique co-curricular activity. The co-authors interviewed former members of the team dating back to the 1940s as well as conducting archival research in National Forensic League records, Ohio High School Speech archives and the Wayne County Genealogical Library.
A launch party for the book will be held at the Wooster Book Company, 205 West Liberty St. in Wooster, on Saturday, July 27, at 2 p.m. Through a special arrangement with The Wooster Book Company (www.woosterbook.com) 20 percent of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the Wooster High School speech and debate team.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###