By Brian Klosa, Speech InstructorBrian_Klosa

Greetings all,
On April 5th, the South Central College Speech Team traveled to San Marcos, Texas to compete at the 35th American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament hosted by Texas State University. The team brought along two competitors: Anna Kelley and Rebekah Buege.
South Central College’s team finished in 3rd place in the community college division!!

A student must qualify for this tournament over the course of the year. This is not always the easiest thing. There were 83 schools in attendance and the total head count was 512 total students at the competition. Anna Kelley competed in five events and Rebekah Buege had four events.

Students compete in three preliminary rounds with two judges assigned for each round. The top 24 students in each event, after earning six total scores, advance to quarter finals. There are 251 total quarter final slots. Three schools earned a total of 105 out of these 251 slots. These are programs with full ride scholarships offered to students, faculty with release time, and travel budgets in the six figures.

SCC’s little team hung in there. Anna and Rebekah both scored many first places in their respective rounds from judges. This means they more than likely beat many of the advancing quarter final students at one point or another. All of their events earned preliminary points. This is how the team earned enough points for 3rd place in their division.

The AFA tournament offers awards to the top twenty programs and the top three community colleges. Sixty other programs did not get a team award.

We have had a very successful year. Our small team is growing. We had success on the state and regional level and now we have success on the national level. Next year I have two students in Tess Drager and Ashly Kingery who will help keep the team going and hopefully I can use the Jedi Mind trick and con more students into doing this activity. I want to thank everyone who has supported us during the year. There is talent on this campus. I refuse to believe that SCC cannot be successful in academic pursuits like this. Yes we are a small school, but when our school name was announced to the national community and my two departing veterans walked up on stage to accept our award, none of that mattered. This tournament offers awards to the top twenty programs and the top three community colleges. Sixty other programs did not get a team award.

We did!
I am proud of these girls.
Brian Klosa - Communication Instructor
Speech Team Director - South Central College