May 10, 2017
For the 18th consecutive year, the Tallahassee Community College forensics team brought home an Individual Events Team Sweepstakes Award from the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament. The team received a Gold Award in Individual Events and a Silver Award in Overall Team Sweepstakes.
Ten of the 11 members of the team advanced to elimination rounds at the tournament held April 10-15 in Washington, D.C. Nathalie Estiverne led the charge by advancing three of her events to final rounds, receiving a Gold Medal in After Dinner Speaking and Silver Medals in Dramatic and Poetry Interpretation.
Three other team members advanced to final rounds and brought home Silver Medals as well: William Thies in Extemporaneous Speaking, Jesselym Gonzalez in Program Oral Interpretation and Katrina Erwin in Persuasive Speaking.
Team members kept up their winning ways by earning nine Bronze Medals: Erwin in Informative Speaking; Angelina Mitchell, Susan Liss and Kennedy Davis in Program Oral Interpretation; Gerain Arias and Alexandria Bergman in Poetry Interpretation; Bergman in Communication Analysis; and Ricardo Zamarripa in International Public Debate. Samira Taylor narrowly missed qualifying for elimination rounds in Dramatic Interpretation.
Several team members will perform Wednesday, May 17, at a showcase benefitting the Shira Brownstein Memorial Scholarship Fund. “An Evening of Forensics” will begin at 7 p.m. in Turner Auditorium, located in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. There is a $5 suggested donation, and the public is invited to attend.