Posted on April 28, 2014

Speech team took persuasive skills to nationals

The Laramie County Community College speech team placed third in Division II (medium-sized entries) sweepstakes and fifth in the open division at the JV National Tournament March 13 in Hutchinson, Kans.

Sweepstakes points are calculated from preliminary and final round placing.

LCCC students Louis Uribe and Meghan O’Brien made it into final rounds.

Uribe placed third in impromptu speaking and fifth in extemporaneous speaking. O’Brien placed second in persuasive speaking.

This semester’s first tournament was held on campus Jan. 31–Feb. 2 with 12 schools participating. A first-year competitor, O’Brien made it to the final rounds of persuasive speaking and placed fifth.

Feb. 22–23, the team traveled to Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., for a swing tournament. Ten Midwestern schools participated.

College placed as follows:

Courtney Wood, sixth in poetry.

Louis Uribe, fourth in impromptu speaking on the first day.

Meghan O’Brien, fifth in persuasive speaking.

Uribe placed second in extemporaneous speaking and second in impromptu speaking, while O’Brien placed fifth in persuasive speaking, also on the second day.

The weekend of March 1 the team traveled to Phoenix to compete at Glendale Community College and the District 9 Tournament.

With 11 schools represented, LCCC had these results:

Wood, third in poetry interpretation.

O’Brien, fourth in persuasive speaking.

Uribe, fifth in impromptu speaking.

Tia Fitzgerald, fourth in informative speaking and fifth in program oral interpretation.

As a team, overall they placed third in the finals.

Day-two district tournament results were as follows:

Wood, second in poetry interpretation.

O’Brien, third in persuasive speaking.

Fitzgerald, sixth in program oral interpretation.

Uribe, sixth in extemporaneous speaking and was the district tournament champion in impromptu speaking.

Holly Manning, LCCC instructor of communication and director of forensics, thanked the LCCC community for continued support of the speech team.