Oratory Union Wins Awards at International Tournament

The Florida College Oratory Union brought home five awards from the 26th annual International Forensics Association Tournament on March 14-15, 2016, in Vienna, Austria. Six members of the Oratory Union traveled to Vienna over spring break to compete in the international tournament against nationally ranked teams like George Mason University. Despite the intense competition, four members of Florida College’s team brought home awards. Josh Smelser and Jenny West won third place in duo interpretation, and Austin Miller and Jordan Meirose tied for second place speakers in parliamentary debate. Miller also earned sixth place in communication analysis, and Meirose won fourth place in a special informative event designed just for this tournament called “Treasures of Vienna." The Oratory Union is coached by Dr. Matt Johnson and Kathleen Trigg. Johnson traveled to Vienna with the competitors and was elected to serve as the treasurer for the International Forensics Association. Caleb Bunting, Florida College's coordinator of campus life, also traveled with the team as a chaperone and judge. Overall, Johnson was thrilled with the team’s performance at this year’s tournament. "We’re proud of the team and the work they have done this year,” Johnson said. "They’ve had a great time on the circuit and internationally. We look forward to the competition next year.” Next year’s tournament will be held in Lima, Peru. Florida College would like to congratulate the Oratory Union on their success at the International Forensics Association Tournament in Vienna.