Forensic Mocs Boast Five Finalists at State Championship
LAKELAND, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2009) — Florida Southern College hosted the 2009 Florida Interstate Forensic Association (FIFA) state championship Feb. 13-15 and earned five top placements in the competition. This is the first year that the team has had more than one finalist.
Seniors Josh Sweeney and Jordan Stout finished in fifth and sixth place in the state, respectively, in After Dinner Speaking, with speeches on the overuse of antibacterial soaps and the commercialization of religion. Sweeney is in his first year of competition.
Freshman Eryn Sherman had a great showing, finishing fifth in the state in Prose Interpretation, and fourth in Dramatic Duo with Stout. Sherman was the top-ranking novice competitor in Prose Interpretation.
Junior Tony Rivera also had a strong showing, finishing sixth in the state in Informative Speaking. Also competing in Informative Speaking was senior Alyssa Huebner, who made significant improvement in the preliminary rounds, finishing first in her last preliminary. This was Huebner’s first outing with the forensic team.
Beyond hosting the tournament and the strong team showing, Dr. Chris Fenner, team coach and assistant professor of communication, was elected to the position of FIFA vice president for a two-year term.
The FIFA state championship is the most competitive tournament in Florida, and this year hosted students from Florida Atlantic University’s Honors College, Rollins College, University of West Florida, Florida State University, University of Florida, Florida Southern College, Tallahassee Community College, Central Florida Community College, and Florida Community College of Jacksonville.
Seven members of the FSC team have qualified this year to compete at the National Forensic Association Championship in April, which will be hosted by Drury College and Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. This weeklong tournament features competition amongst more than 100 colleges and universities from across the nation.
The Florida Southern Forensics Team was founded through a generous grant by local businessman, C.C. “Doc” Dockery. The team currently has open slots for additional members for the 2009–2010 season. For more information about intercollegiate forensics, please contact Fenner at firstname.lastname@example.org.