Florida Southern Forensic Society hosts first forensic tournament
LAKELAND, Fla. (May 10, 2005) – The Florida Southern Forensic Society (FSFS), a new student organization for competitive intercollegiate speech and debate, hosted “Speak Out,” the campus’s first forensic tournament, on April 16. Nearly a dozen students competed in three speaking events
Speak Out featured competition in after-dinner speaking, persuasive speaking and impromptu speaking. Individual prizes included trophies and $100 gift cards for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place. Top placers in the three events are listed below.
1st Place Aaron DeLoach, a senior communication major and son of David and Sheryl DeLoach of Fenton, Mo.
2nd Place Ronnie Hess, a senior psychology major and son of Ronnie and Jacqueline Hess of Norfolk, Va.
3rd Place Anton Kivilev, a junior business administration major and son of Yuri Kivilev of Kuma, Russia, and Irina Kivilev of Zarechny, Russia.
4th Place Chris Riccio, a junior communication major and son of Raymond and Deborah Riccio of Manorville, N.Y.
5th Place Emily Sterling, a sophomore history major and daughter of William and Jo Anne Sterling of Auburndale, Fla.
6th Place Tori Sandbrook, a junior English literature major and daughter of John and Virginia Sandbrook of Davie, Fla.
Best All Around Aaron DeLoach
“This was a great opportunity for the student body to learn about competitive forensics,” said Coach Stephanie Fenner. “Traditionally tournaments feature up to 11 different events, but we thought it would be best to start small and build up the competition each year.”
The Florida Southern Forensic Society, which began meeting last semester, will enter intercollegiate competition next fall and expects to make the Florida Southern College “Speak Out” tournament a yearly event. The team plans to compete at five regional tournaments during the 2005-2006 season and hopes to qualify several students for the National Forensic Association or American Forensic Association national competition. Long-term plans include developing a fall intercollegiate tournament in 2007 to bring other colleges to the Florida Southern College campus.
About Florida Southern College
Founded in 1885, Florida Southern College is a private, comprehensive, United Methodist college with a liberal arts core. The college maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 38 undergraduate majors and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 14:1 student/faculty ratio, provides strong student/faculty mentorship programs, boasts 24 NCAA Division II national championships, and is ranked by U. S. News and World Report as one of the top ten Southern Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelors. Located on scenic Lake Hollingsworth, Florida Southern is the home of the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.