Tyler Junior College

Speech

Forensics Tournaments and Awards 2007-2009

Spring 2009

April 6-11, 2009: Phi Rho Pi Nationals

GOLD:
Travis Smith, Impromptu Speaking

SILVER:
Travis Smith, Extemporaneous Speaking
Jessica Peters, Persuasive Speaking

BRONZE:
Justin Charles, Dramatic Interpretation
Jessica Peters, Program Oral Interpretation
Alex Warren and Kinsey Martin, CEDA debate
Alina Dolzhenko, with her hybrid partner from Lamar Orange, Parliamentary debate
Alina Dolzhenko, NFA Lincoln-Douglas debate

March 19-21, 2009: Pi Kappa Delta Nationals
Hosted by University of Louisiana at Shreveport

Winning Excellent Awards:
Kinsey Martin in Impromptu Speaking
Jessica Peters in Persuasive Speaking
Justin Charles in Dramatic Interpretation
Austin Witherspoon in Prose Interpretation
Justin Charles in Prose Interpretation
Skye Graham in Prose Interpretation
Alina Dolzhenko in Parliamentary Debate

March 12-15, 2009: Phi Rho Pi Region VI Tournament

TJC won 1st Place in Debate Sweepstakes, 2nd Place in Individual Events Sweepstakes and 1st Place Overall Sweepstakes. The individual winners included:

Parliamentary Debate:
1st place without losing a single round - Travis Smith and Alex Warren
3rd place - Alina Dolzhenko with her hybrid partner from Lamar-Orange

Parliamentary Top Speakers:
3rd Place - Alex Warren
4th Place - Alina Dolzhenko
5th Place - Travis Smith

Dramatic Interpretation:
3rd Place - Justin Charles

Speech to Entertain:
1st Place - Alina Dolzhenko
4th Place - Austin Witherspoon
5th Place - Skye Graham

Duo Interpretation:
4th Place - Jessica Peters and Austin Witherspoon

Program Oral Interpretation:
4th Place - Jessica Peters

Impromptu Speaking:
2nd Place - Alex Warren
3rd Place - Travis Smith

Extemporaneous Speaking:
3rd Place - Travis Smith
4th Place - Alex Warren

Prose Interpretation:
1st Place - Justin Charles
2nd Place - Austin Witherspoon
6th Place - Jessica Peters

Persuasive Speaking:
1st Place - Jessica Peters (ranking 1st in every round)
5th Place - Alina Dolzhenko

TJC qualified for four different national tournaments. Alex Warren and Travis Smith traveled to Berkley to compete with the top 64 debate teams in the country that weekend. The rest of the team traveled to Shreveport to compete in the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament.

February 21-22, 2009

TJC won 1st Place in Debate Sweepstakes, 2nd Place in Individual Events Sweepstakes and 1st Place Overall Sweepstakes. The individual winners included:

Parliamentary Debate:
1st place without losing a single round - Travis Smith and Alex Warren
3rd place - Alina Dolzhenko with her hybrid partner from Lamar-Orange

Parliamentary Top Speakers:
3rd Place - Alex Warren
4th Place - Alina Dolzhenko
5th Place - Travis Smith

Dramatic Interpretation:
3rd Place - Justin Charles

Speech to Entertain:
1st Place - Alina Dolzhenko
4th Place - Austin Witherspoon
5th Place - Skye Graham

Duo Interpretation:
4th Place - Jessica Peters and Austin Witherspoon

Program Oral Interpretation:
4th Place - Jessica Peters

Impromptu Speaking:
2nd Place - Alex Warren
3rd Place - Travis Smith

Extemporaneous Speaking:
3rd Place - Travis Smith
4th Place - Alex Warren

Prose Interpretation:
1st Place - Justin Charles
2nd Place - Austin Witherspoon
6th Place - Jessica Peters

Persuasive Speaking:
1st Place - Jessica Peters (ranking 1st in every round)
5th Place - Alina Dolzhenko

TJC qualified for four different national tournaments. Alex Warren and Travis Smith traveled to Berkley to compete with the top 64 debate teams in the country that weekend. The rest of the team traveled to Shreveport to compete in the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament.

February 13-15, 2009

Tyler Junior College forensics team attended the Sweetheart Swing tournaments hosted on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, Feb. 13-15th. Sixteen schools from five different states were there including such notable ones as University of Texas, Kansas State university, Texas Tech, and Cameron University. TJC did well with half of their team in attendance:

Sweetheart, Part 1:
Top Overall Speaker in Debate and Individual Events - Alex Warren
Semi-Finalists - Travis Smith and Alex Warren in Parliamentary Debate
4th - Austin Witherspoon in After Dinner Speaking
5th - Alex Warren in Impromptu Speaking
6th - Alex Warren in Extemporaneous Speaking
6th - Alex Warren as Top Speaker in Parliamentary debate
7th - Travis Smith as Top Speaker in Parliamentary debate
7th - Travis Smith in Impromptu Speaking

Sweetheart, Part 2:
1st - Alex Warren in Extemporaneous Speaking
3rd - Jessica Peters and Austin Witherspoon in Duo Interpretation
4th - Austin Witherspoon in After Dinner Speaking
4th - Travis Smith in Impromptu Speaking
5th - Alex Warren in Impromptu Speaking
7th - Austin Witherspoon - Prose Interpretation
3rd - Tyler Junior College in Individual Events Sweepstakes

Then Tyler Junior College finished 3rd in Overall Sweepstakes for the two tournaments together. Pretty impressive for four students competing against mostly universities! Thanks for your support, msh

February 6-8, 2009
State Champs

The TJC Forensic team traveled to the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association's State Championship tournament this past weekend, hosted by Tarrant County NE in Ft. Worth.

TJC was 1st place Sweepstakes in Debate
TJC was 1st place Sweepstakes in Individual Events
TJC was 1st place Overall Sweepstakes

This makes a grand sweep for our school! The individual winners are:

Parliamentary Debate
1st - Alina Dolzhenko (with her hybrid partner from Lamar Orange)
Semi-Finalists: Kinsey Martin and Skye Graham
Travis Smith and Alex Warren

Persuasive Speaking:
1st - Jessica Peters
5th - Alina Dolzhenko

Impromptu Speaking:
3rd - Alex Warren
4th - Travis Smith
6th - Kinsey Martin

Program Oral Interpretation
3rd - Jessica Peters

Extemporaneous Speaking
2nd - Alex Warren
6th - Kinsey Martin

Prose Interpretation
1st - Austin Witherspoon
2nd - Jessica Peters

Speech to Entertain
2nd - Austin Witherspoon
3rd - Alina Dolzhenko
6th - Skye Graham

Duo Interpretation
1st (with straight ones for the tournament!) - Austin Witherspoon and Jessica Peters

Dramatic Interpretation
2nd - Justin Charles

Top Speakers in Debate
3rd (tied for 1st, but it was broken by adjusted points) - Alex Warren
4th - Travis Smith

Top Performers in Individual Events
5th- Jessica Peters

This was a very successful win for our team!

January 30 - February 1, 2009

The Tyler Junior College Forensic team recently returned from the Texas Intercollegiate Forensic Association's State Championship, hosted by Texas State University in San Marcos. There were fifteen universities and colleges represented at the tournament. Here are our placement:

Jeremias Garcia and Kinsey Martin - Quarter-Finalists in Parliamentary Debate & Top Novices
Travis Smith - 2nd Top Speaker in Parliamentary Debate
Alex Warren - 4th Top Speaker in Parliamentary Debate
Austin Witherspoon - 6th Place in Prose Interpretation and Top Novice
Austin Witherspoon and Jessica Peters - 2nd in Duo Interpretation and Top Novices
Jessica Peters - Top Novice in Persuasive Speaking
Travis Smith - 2nd in Imromptu Speaking

3rd Place Debate Sweepstakes - Tyler Junior College

Then we attended the Texas State Univ. tournament and brought back the following awards:

Alex Warren - 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking
Austin Witherspoon and Jessica Peters - 4th in Duo Interpretation
Jessica Peters - 4th in Persuasive Speaking
Jessica Peters - 6th in Prose Interpretation
Travis Smith - 7th in Impromptu Speaking
Kinsey Martin - 6th Place in Extemporaneous Speaking

TJC was 3rd in Individual Events Sweepstakes and 5th Overall Sweepstakes for the two tournaments combined!

Fall 2008

Forensics Awards 2008

October 24-26, 2008
Coyote Thunder Tournament
West Texas A&M/Kansas Wesleyan

The TJC Forensics Team returned from the Coyote Thunder Forensic Tournament with a 3rd Place Sweepstakes trophy. TJC competed with over ten universities including Sterling University (1st Place Sweepstakes) and Kansas Weselyn (2nd Place Sweepstakes), University of Oklahoma, West Texas A & M and others. Individual winners included:

1st Place: Austin Witherspoon in Speech to Entertain

2nd Place: Jessica Peters in Persuasive Speaking

4th Place: Jeremiah Garcia in Extemporaneous Speaking, Alina Dolzhenko in Persuasive Speaking

5th Place: Jeremiah Garcia in Impromptu Speaking

Quarter Finalists in Parliamentary Debate: Travis Smith and Jessica Peters, Kinsey Martin and Jeremiah Garcia

Other students attending and doing well in their preliminary rounds: Justin Charles, Jonathon Clifton, Erin Durham, Alex Warren, and Skye Graham.

October 17-19, 2008
Bayou City Swing Tournament

Travis Smith and Alex Warren attended the Parli Marathon Tournament, hosted in Houston weekend before this. At the first tournament they advanced to Quarter-finals and won. Then they lost in Semi-Finals.
In the second tournament they advanced, but lost in Quarter-finals.

We took five students (Alex Warren, Travis Smith, Austin Witherspoon, Skye Graham, and Erin Durham) to the Bayou Bucket Swing Tournaments.

Alex Warren and Travis Smith once again broke to Quarter-finals. Alex Warren was named 4th overall best debate speaker of the tournament. Travis Smith was named 3rd overall best debate speaker of the tournament. TJC was the ONLY school to have two debaters win speaking awards in debate. Travis Smith also won second in Impromptu Speaking

This tournament had fifteen schools attend, including the University of Texas, University of Houston, Texas State University, McNeese University, Howard Payne, and many other community colleges.

September 26-28, 2008
Forum in the Forest Tournament Swing
Kingwood College

Eleven different colleges and universities attended including Rice, University of Texas, Oklahoma University and Texas State University. The TJC team took seven students and entered Prose Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking and Parliamentary debate.

Travis Smith and Alex Warren broke to Semi-Finals in Impromptu Speaking. Jeremiah Garcia broke to Semi-Finals in Extemporaneous Speaking. Alex Warren and Alina Dolzhenko won their Quarter-Final round in Parliamentary Debate, but lost in the Semi-Finals.

February 6, 2008

The Tyler Junior College Forensics team travelled to the prestigious Texas Intercollegiate Forensic Association Spring Champtionship this past weekend. It was hosted by San Antonio College with the following results:

Jordan Innerarity and J. P. Fugler - Quarter Finalists in Parlimentary Debate
Jordan Innerarity - 4th Place in Impromptu Speaking
Jordan Innerarity - 3rd Place Top Speaker in Parliamentary Debate (only community college student to place)
Rachel Snyder - 3rd Place in Persuasive Speaking
Alina Dolzhenko and Travis Smith - Top Novice Parliamentary Debate Team

Jordan Innerarity was announced as one of the very prestigious All Star Texas Forensics Squad. This honor was bestowed on him not only for his excellent record of debate wins and finalists placings in individual events, but also for his leadership skills and academic record.

January 28, 2008

The TJC Forensic Team competed in the Webster University Gorlak Gala in St. Louis, MO over the weekend. There were 31 schools in attendance from 15 states with the following results:

Jordan Innerarity and J. P. Fugler - 2nd place Parliamentary Debate (Special note our team beat Norte Dame and many other universities to achieve this!)
Travis Smith - 2nd place Top Speaker in Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Christina Ivey - 4th place in Poetry Interpretation
Christina Ivey - 4th place in Program Oral Interpretation
J. P. Fugler - Top Novice in Program Oral Interpretation
Christina Ivey - Top Novice in Impromptu Speaking
J. P. Fugler - 5th place in Program Oral Interpretation

Christina Ivey - 5th place in Penthalon - that means she was the 5th Top Performer at the Tournament competing in all types of competition (interpretation, limited prep speaking, and prepared speaking.)

TJC was the 6th place Overall Sweepstakes school!

Fall 2007

November 10, 2007

This weekened, they competed once again successfully against universities. I was approached by three universities wanting to recruit our students! We have had a very exciting fall.

The TJC Forensic Team attended their final swing tournament for the Fall semester and returned again victoriously. These were the largest tournaments that we attended all semester with a total of 29 schools - only four of them were community colleges. The schools came from seven different states including Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kansas, Alabama, and Georgia.

TJC came in 4th Place Overall for the two tournaments combined!!!! This was a great accomplishment! Below you will find our students’ individual results and our other school sweepstakes awards:

Red River Swing - University of Louisiana at Monroe half:
2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking - Jacob HopsonForensics Team 2007
2nd Place After Dinner Speaking - Jordan Innerarity
Top Novice in After Dinner Speaker - Jordan Innerarity
4th Place Individual Events Sweepstakes - Tyler Junior College
6th Place Pentathlon - Christina Ivey
6th Place Communication Analysis - Christina Ivey
6th Place Extemporaneous - Jordan Innerarity

Red River Swing - University of Southern Louisiana at Shreveport half:
1st Place Top Speaker in Parliamentary Debate - Jacob Hopson
2nd Place Impromptu Speaking - Jacob Hopson
4th Place Extemporaneous Speaking - Jacob Hopson
5th Place Pilot Award (for Debate and Individual Events) - Jacob Hopson
6th Place Persuasive Speaking - Rachel Snyder
6th Place Poetry Interpretation - Christina Ivey
6th Place Top Speaker in Parliamentary Debate - Jordan Innerarity
6th Place Overall Sweepstakes - Tyler Junior College
8th Place Individual Events Sweepstakes - Tyler Junior College
9th Place Pilot Award (for Debate and Individual Events) - Jordan Innerarity

November 2-4, 2007

The Tyler Junior College Forensic Team attended the Texas Intercollegiate Forensic Association's Fall championship tournament and the Texas Tech Invitational Tournament held in Lubbock November 2-4, 2007. We took seven students and they all brought home at least one award. These were the largest and most difficult tournaments that we have attended so far this year. There were sixteen schools in attendance, most of them universities.

Texas Intercollegiate Forensic Association Fall Championship:
1st Place - Christina Ivey and Rachel Snyder - Parliamentary Debate
1st Place Novice - Christina Ivey in Impromptu Speaking
1st Place Novice - Rachel Snyder in Persuasive Speaking
2nd Place Novice - Bobby D. Anthony in Prose Interpretation
2nd Place - Alina Dolshenyko - Top Speaker in Parliamentary Debate
2nd Place Novice - Jordan Innerarity in Extemporaneous Speaking
2nd Place Novice - Jordan Innerarity and Travis Smith in Parliamentary Debate
3rd Place - Jordan Innerarity - Top Speaker in Parliamentary Debate
4th Place - Debate Sweepstakes - Tyler Junior College
4th Place - Christina Ivey - Communication Analysis
4th Place - Christina Ivey - Poetry Interpretation
6th Place - Overall Sweepstakes - Tyler Junior College

Texas Tech University Invitational Tournament:
3rd Place Overall Top Student: Christina Ivey
3rd Place - Christina Ivey in Communication Analysis
5th Place - Christina Ivey in Impromptu Speaking
5th Place - Christina Ivey in Poetry Interpretation
7th Place - Rachel Snyder in Persuasive Speaking
7th Place - Tyler Junior College in Individual Events Sweepstakes

October 20, 2007

The Tyler Junior College Forensic Team (competitive speech and debate events) travelled to two major tournaments in Houston - October 20, 2007. There were fourteen schools and universities represented at the tournaments. TJC won First Place in Debate Sweepstakes and 2nd Place Overall Sweepstakes for the two tournaments (placing behind the University of Texas at Austin.)

Individual Winners were:

Bayou Classic hosted by North Harris College:
1st Place - Jordan Innerarity - Top Speaker in Debate
1st Place - Jacob Hopson and Jordan Innerarity in Parliamentary Debate
3rd Place - Jacob Hopson - Top Speaker in Debate
4th Place - Rachel Snyder - Top Speaker in Debate
4th Place - Rachel Snyder in Persuasive Speaking
5th Place - Christina Ivey in Communication Analysis
5th Place - Travis Smith - Top Speaker in Debate
5th Place - Jordan Innterarity in Impromptu Speaking
5th Place - TJC - Individual Events Sweepstakes
6th Place - Jordan Innerarity in Extemporaneous Speaking
6th Place - Travis Smith in Extemporaneous Speaking
7th Place - Christina Ivey in Poetry Interpretation
7th Place - Christina Ivey in Program Oral Interpretation
8th Place - Travis Smith in Impromptu

Bayous Classic Part II hosted by Cy-Fair College:
2nd Place - Rachel Snyder in Persuasive Speaking
2nd Place - Jacob Hopson in Extemporaneous Speaking (tied for first, places were broken on 'judge's preference)
3rd Place - Jordan Innerarity in Speech to Entertain
6th Place - Christina Ivey in Poetry Interpretation
7th Place - Christina Ivey in Impromptu Speaking

September 29, 2007

The TJC Forensic Team has returned victoriously in the Newbie Novice Tournament hosted by Tarrant County Community College Northeast. All contestants had to be in their first two semesters of college competition in order to compete. Seven colleges attended. Here are the results:

Forensics TeamParliamentary Debate:
Semi Finalists: Travis Smith and Alina Dolzhenko
Christina Ivey and Rachel Snyder

Top Speakers in Parliamentary Debate:
1st Place - Travis Smith
2nd Place - Rachel Snyder
3rd Place - Christina Ivey

Impromptu Speaking:
3rd - Christina Ivey
6th - Jordan Innerarity

Extemporaneous Speaking:
2nd - Jordan Innerarity
3rd - Travis Smith
6th - Alina Dolzhenko

Communication Analysis:
3rd - Christina Ivey

Speech to Entertain:
2nd - Jordan Innerarity

Poetry Interpretation:
2nd - Christina Ivey
4th - Bobby D. Anthony

Prose Interpreation:
1st - Bobby D. Anthony

Program Oral Interpretation:
3rd - Christina Ivey

Persuasive Speaking:
2nd - Rachel Snyder

Top Individual Speaker:
2nd - Christina Ivey

Top Overall Speaker of the Tournament:
2nd - Christina Ivey

Individual Events Sweepstakes:
1st - Tyler Junior College

Debate Sweepstakes:
1st - Tyler Junior College (tied with Lamar)

Overall Sweepstakes:
1st - Tyler Junior College

April 9-14, 2007

TJC Forensics Team National Champions - 2 Golds & a Bronze!

  • TJC won gold (first) in Overall
  • TJC won gold (first) in Debate
  • TJC won bronze (third) in Individual Events

Students that qualified for national competition were: Adam Rios, Christina Ivey, Jacob Hopson, Jordan Innerarity

Individual winners were:

  • Jacob Hopson - Bronze in Impromptu Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Jordan Innerarity and Jacob Hopson - Silver in Team CEDA debate
  • Jacob Hopson and Jordan Innerarity - Gold in Parliamentary debate

The competition was held in Houston April 9-14, 2007. Over 650 students competed representing 76 colleges from across the nation. TJC should be very proud of these students and their accomplishments this semester. They worked very hard to qualify and represented us extemely well!

Speech Winners Left to Right: Christina Ivey (Lindale), Adam Rios (Whiteface), Caleb Longino (Dallas) Jordan Innerarity (Lindale), Josh Cooke (Van)... not pictured is Jacob Hopson (Lindale).

Speech/Forensics Contact Information

Lara K. Smith
Department Chair and Professor
Office: WCA-A

Email: lsmi@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-3242

Advising contact: 903-510-2425