No Debate: Kingwood College Forensics Team is a Winner

Published on: November 01, 2007

Lone Star College-Kingwood Forensics Team hosted one of the largest speech tournaments held in the state of Texas on September 28-30.

Kingwood Team members Nathan Byrd, Kelsie Copland, Erick Cruz, Shelley Mayen, Brittany O'Rear, Sean Rial and Jeremy Trepagnier competed in various events against teams from Rice University, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, West Texas A&M University, Texas State University, McNeese State University (Louisiana), College of the Southwest (New Mexico), Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and others.

The competition was tough, but Lone Star College-Kingwood took home honors as Rial placed 6th in Informative Speaking and O'Rear placed 6th in Communication Analysis.  O'Rear also advanced to the semifinals of Impromptu Speaking.

Lone Star College-Kingwood faculty and staff supported the team by judging some rounds. The entire weekend of competition was a wonderful success made possible by the cooperation of many at the college.

In another competition, The Houston Area League of Forensics Parliamentary Debate Marathon, the following students won awards: O'Rear and Trepagnier received a 2nd place team award, and Copeland and Byrd won 3rd place team honors. Copeland received the award for 4th Top Speaker and teammate, Byrd was 5th Top Speaker. Also, during the Bayou City Swing Forensics Tournament, Copeland placed 6th in Impromptu Speaking

Dr. Collier Patton, director of forensics and associate professor of speech communication, is very proud of the team. "Our students continue to develop their speaking skills and improve at each competition."

Lone Star College-Kingwood students have gained valuable speaking and presentation experience through their involvement with the Forensics Team. Any Lone Star College-Kingwood student may participate if he or she is enrolled in a Forensics Activities Class e.g. Speech (SPCH) 1144, 1145, 2144, 2145.

Students are welcome to participate whether they have experience or not. Traveling to competitions is a fun experience and paid for by the College. It isn't a free ride though. "Each student is required to meet with me two hours per week to practice and prepare, although competing on the team will require a bit more of a time commitment than that," said Dr. Patton.

Students compete in four different events with each category having its own emphasis. Public Address features memorized 10-minute speeches on a topic of the student's choice.  They can be entertaining, informative, persuasive or analytical. Oral Interpretation is similar to acting. Extemporary Speaking and Impromptu Speaking make up another category called Limited Preparation. In each, the student is given a topic and a limited time period to prepare a speech. The final category is Parliamentary Debate. This is a team effort in which the participants present their case of support or lack of support for a given topic.

For more information about becoming a member of the Forensics team, contact Dr. Patton at 281-312-1764 or collier.patton@lonestar.edu.

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