TJC speech and debate team earns state championship

Jul 17, 2013 by

The Tyler Junior College speech and debate team is officially the best in Texas.

The team was named state champion at the Texas Community College Forensic Championship Tournament held Feb. 8-10 at Central Texas Community College
in Killeen.

The team earned first place in Overall Sweepstakes, first place in Individual Events Sweepstakes, and third place in Debate Sweepstakes.
Tom Hill, of Lindale, earned first place for Top Overall Speaker.

Deshawn Weston, of Grand Prairie, earned second place for Overall Speaker and first place in Individual Events Speaker.

First place awards:
•Tom Hill and Julia Bodiford, of Lindale, in Parliamentary Debate
• Tom Hill in Impromptu Speaking
• Deshawn Weston in Poetry Interpretation and Program Oral Interpretation
• Demetries Coad, of South Grand Prairie, in Dramatic Interpretation
• Hill and Theresa Boyd, of Tyler, tied for first place in Speech to Entertain.
“Tying for first in an event is very rare; but Tom and Theresa are both talented, funny people!” said TJC professor and team director M’Liss Hindman.

Second place awards:
• Mae Rose Hill, of Tyler, and Weston in Duo Interpretation
• Julia Bodiford in Program Oral Interpretation
• Tom Hill in Extemporaneous Speaking

Third place awards:
• Deshawn Weston in Dramatic Interpretation
• Jonathan Clifton, of Gilmer, in NFA Lincoln Douglas Debate
• Julia Bodiford in Prose Interpretation
• Theresa Boyd in Poetry Interpretation

Fourth place awards:
• Mae Rose Hill in Dramatic Interpretation
• Jonathan Clifton in Communication Analysis

Fifth place award:
• Josh Benstowe, of Trinity, in
Impromptu Speaking

“These students represented TJC in the best of ways: not only did they win, they did so with grace and poise,” Hindman said.

Assistant director is TJC professor Joan Andrews.



Academics, News, Spring 2013

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