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LSC-North Harris Speech and Debate Team brings home high honors for the 2014-2015 season

The Lone Star College-North Harris competitive speech and debate team has proved to have another successful season, bringing home many accolades from the local, state and national levels.

Recently, the team traveled to two different national tournaments in Cleveland and Athens, Ohio to compete at the Phi Rho Pi and National Forensics Association’s national tournaments. There were 381 competitors from 56 community colleges from across the country competing in the tournaments. For the second year in a row, the LSC-North Harris speech and debate team won first place overall at the state, regional and national tournament.

The team was also recognized as the Texas Community College Forensics Association’s State Overall Champions, the Phi Rho Pi Region 6 Overall Regional Champions and the Phi Rho Pi Overall National Champions in the Wheeler Division. The team also won the National Forensics Association’s second place Presidential Sweepstakes Award Division III.

Under the direction Wade Hecht, LSC-North Harris director of forensics, along with assistant director of forensics, Jonathan Stansbury and volunteer coach, Dave Gaer, the LSC-North Harris team has developed and earned quite an impressive reputation as one of the best forensic teams in the nation.

Hescht, a professor at LSC-North Harris for nearly 20 years, was also an active member of the speech and debate team while attending the college, and has a great passion for making sure that his team is exposed to every opportunity they can be, showcasing the teams’ enthusiasm and unique skills.

“The LSC-North Harris team has done it again,” said Hescht. “I am very proud of the accomplishments that these talented students have earned. Their hard work has paid off, and LSC-North Harris is now on the map as having one of the most premiere teams in the country.”

The 2014-15 LSC-North Harris team members include: Colin Gill, Abigail Borders, Alexandria Ross, Michael DeBose, Jake Trevino, Riddhi Junnarkar, Josselyn Gomez, Brandon Mathieu, Omar Radwan and Tyler Thompson.

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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