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Speech Team Gets Gold Again and Heads to Nationals

Lone Star College-CyFair’s 4N6 Speech Team continues to bring home gold as President Jonathan Walton prepares to compete in the upcoming American Forensics Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET).

Walton recently placed third in Impromptu Speaking and in Communication Analysis in Tyler, Texas qualifying for the AFA-NIET in Portland, Oregon.

4N6 Speech Team Wins AwardsThen Walton and Laura Zelaya competed at the JV Nationals in Hutchinson, Kansas where he was the 14th best speaker overall, took third in Impromptu Speaking, fourth in Informative Speaking and sixth in Communication Analysis. Zelaya finished in sixth in Prose Interpretation after having to compete in the most difficult event in the tournament to make it to her final round.

Together this duo earned four trophies and took second-place overall.

Along with LSC-CyFair’s other speech faculty - Stacy Gresell, Sunnye Pruden, Melanie Steel and the newest colleague and stand-in coach, Kris Stroup, Barton said he is proud and excited how well Walton and Zelaya represented LSC-CyFair.

 “The AFA-NIET tournament will be attended by the very best competitive speech teams from across the nation,” said Patrick Barton, speech professor and speech team advisor. “As we enter our final national competitions in April, the challenge we face is indeed daunting. We’re competing against schools with larger coaching staffs, larger budgets and more experience. However, I am confident Jonathan will take it on with excitement and perseverance.”

For information on these events, email Patrick.S.Barton@LoneStar.edu.