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TJC speech and debate team earns national honors

Published Wednesday, 18th April 2012

TJC speech and debate team earns national honors

The Tyler Junior College speech and debate team recently returned from two national tournaments where they earned multiple awards.

The team consists of Lewis Sharp, Canton; Demetries Coad, South Grand Prairie; Tom Hill, Lindale; Amber Guerrero, Colmesneil; Tony McKinney, South Grand Prairie; Julie Bodiford, Lindale; Jonathan Clifton, Gilmer; and Rebecca Carney, Athens.

At the 2012 American Forensic Association’s national tournament, hosted by Texas State University in San Marcos, there were 82 colleges and universities in attendance.

TJC qualified six students for this tournament through the rigorous qualification procedures during the year and finished 5th in Overall Sweepstakes for the Community College Division.

The team then headed for Schaumberg, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, for the Phi Rho Pi National tournament for community college competitors. There were 58 schools in attendance and more than 1,400 entries.

TJC’s results:

Tom Hill – Fellowship Award (an honor voted on by peer competitors for good competitive spirit and friendliness)
Lewis Sharp – First place in Lincoln-Douglas debate
Demetries Coad – First place in poetry Interpretation
Julia Bodiford – Third place in program oral Interpretation
Tom Hill – Third place in impromptu speaking
Lewis Sharp – Third place in impromptu speaking

TJC professor M’Liss Hindman serves as team director. Assistant director is TJC professor Joan Andrews.

Elise Mullinix


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