2012 National Christian College Forensics Invitational

March 26, 2012

Last week, as most students ended a week of spring break, the Florida College forensics team traveled to Jefferson City, Tenn., for the 2012 National Christian College Forensics Invitational, hosted by Carson-Newman College. The team represented Florida College well, in a competitive tournament that entertained twenty-six different schools, with almost 1,000 individual competitors.

Members of the Florida College team held their own in each contest. Sophomore Valerie Deering (Milwaukee, Wis.) placed fifth in Novice Poetry Interpretation, junior Grace McCormick (DeLand, Fla.) was a semifinalist in Prose Interpretation, and freshman Melody Baughman (Tampa, Fla.) finished sixth in Novice Program Oral Interpretation. Because of their high ranking in past competitions, Melody Baughman and Sophomore Greg Kline (Orlando, Fla.)—lower level competitors technically—participated together in the senior-level National Parliamentary Debate. They advanced through the preliminary, octofinal, quarterfinal rounds, and ultimately won third place for the event.

“Through decades,” said communication professor and team coach Matt Johnson, “the forensics program has been at a nationally competitive level, and we’re happy to be continuing that tradition.”

The national tournaments the team competes in are judged critically, and usually comprised of major universities. The fact that Florida College forensics is able to compete in such events—and place in final rounds—is a testament both to Johnson’s skilled leadership and the talent of our students.