Oratory Union Places 2nd in Ocean City Tournament

March 14, 2013

The Florida College Oratory Union recently traveled to Ocean City, M.D. where they placed 2nd in the Collegiate Forensic Association’s final spring tournament.

The Union, coached by Communication professor Dr. Matt Johnson, competed against much larger schools — some tripling their own current enrollment — including West Virginia University, Furman University, Randolph Macon College and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Stand-out members featured captain Greg Kline, Grace McCormick, Colton Oetting and Andrew Gass.

Greg Kline placed 3rd in Communication Analysis, 2nd in Extemporaneous Speaking and 2nd in Overall Parliamentary Debate Speaking.

Grace McCormick placed 2nd in Overall Prose and was the Tournament Champion in Dramatic Interpretation.

Colton Oetting, a freshman, placed 5th in Informative Speaking, 5th in Extemporaneous Speaking and was the Tournament Champion Persuasive Speaking.

Andrew Gass was the Tournament Champion in the Prose Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking and Parliamentary Debate Speaking categories.

In addition to tournament awards, the Collegiate Forensic Association calculates yearlong awards based on total sweepstakes points earned during the season. Florida College achieved several of those as well, winning a total of 30 awards. The recent tournament success brings their total awards won this year to over 100.

The Oratory Union is currently competing in their spring break tournament in St. Louis, Missouri.