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College Forensics Team Ties for First Place in Debate

College Forensics Team Ties for First Place in Debate
Lone Star College-Kingwood Forensic students Jiovanni Janoski, Chris Dasgoswami, Mary Garcia and Jordan West, earned individual awards and tied as team for first place in debate at the Texas Community College Forensics Association Tournament.
Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Forensics Team competed feverishly against other schools in the state at the Texas Community College Forensics Association (TCCFA) Tournament. The team tied for first place in debate with San Jacinto Community College.

At the competition, the team competed in debates, limited preparation speaking, and oral interpretation. Categories included parliamentary debate, a team debate; National Forensics Association Lincoln Douglas Debate (NFA-LD), single policy debate; extemporaneous speaking; impromptu speaking; and dramatic duo interpretation.

“Winning at the TCCFA Tournament proves that the Forensics program at LSC-Kingwood is well-respected with a long-term tradition of success,” said Shannon LaBove, forensics coach.

Students, Marcia Garcia, Jordan West, Chris Dasgoswami and Jiovanni Janoski, not only participated as a group, they each earned individual awards. Garcia and West earned second place overall and Dasgoswami and Janoski earned third place overall in the parliamentary debate. Dasgoswami also won second place in the NFA-LD and fourth place in extemporaneous speaking.

“These students were chosen to go to this tournament based on their diligent attendance at tournaments, assistance in running campus tournaments, and attendance at weekly debate practices,” LaBove said.

In addition to the TCCFA Tournament, the Forensics Team’s recent accolades include earning fifth place at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics State Tournament. Dasgoswami and Sarah Kim were state parliamentary finalists in the novice category.

LSC-Kingwood’s Forensics Team has between 10 to 30 members, which include mock debate participants, people who help with tournament administration and those who attend the tournaments. The team takes four to eight students to competitions.

“LSC-Kingwood has had many years of success, specifically in debate. This year’s performance has raised that level. We expect great things of LSC-Kingwood in the future,” said M’Liss Hindman, Forensics coach at Tyler Junior College.

The Forensics Team’s mission is to combine competition, community and campus activities to instill a strong passion and tradition of debate, speaking and interpretation to promote intellectual discourse, while improving public speaking and effective communication.

For more information on the Forensics program, contact Shannon LaBove at Shannon.LaBove@LoneStar.edu or visit http://www.lonestar.edu/forensics-kingwood.htm.

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For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.

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