TJC Speech, Debate team wins national honors

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Tyler Junior College is now the home of the best speech and debate team among community colleges in the United States after winning two prestigious tournaments in April, school officials announced.

TJC’s Speech and Debate team won the Phi Rho Pi National tournament April 9-14 after winning the American Forensics Association’s national tournament April 5-9 at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo.

In Colorado, TJC won first as the Top Community College and team assistant director Joan Andrews was recognized as Coach of the Year from District 3 representing Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

In Florida, TJC brought home Gold Overall Sweepstakes, Silver Individual Events Sweepstakes and Gold Debate Sweepstakes in its division.

TJC’s Alex Dickson, of Oliver, and Cooper Ezell, of Tyler, tied for second place as Top Speakers for the tournament.

Team director M’Liss Hindman was recognized with the Fellowship Award for Coaches.

“This is an amazing accomplishment when you realize that they are competing against universities at most of our tournaments,” Hindman said. “This has truly been a landmark year. We are proud of how well they represented our wonderful college.”

Gold Winners

-- Alex Dickson and Aaron Kelley, of Longview, in Parliamentary Debate

-- Nick White, of Saginaw, and Cooper Ezell in Parliamentary Debate

-- Alex Dickson in IPDA Debate

-- Aaron Kelley in Impromptu Speaking

-- Cooper Ezell in Extemporaneous Speaking

Silver Winners

-- Nick White in IPDA debate

-- Cooper Ezell in IPDA Debate

-- Carson Moreland, of Hughes Springs, in Dramatic Interpretation

-- Chris Flores, of Muleshoe, in Prose Interpretation

-- Alex Dickson in Extemporaneous Speaking

Bronze Winners

-- Aaron Kelley in IPDA Debate

-- Nick White in Extemporaneous Speaking

-- Cooper Ezell in Impromptu Speaking

-- Adaeze Uche, of Mesquite, in Dramatic Interpretation

-- Matt Mooneyham, of Fairfield, in Dramatic Interpretation

-- Shaelyn Handy, of Fort Worth, in Prose Interpretation

-- Alex Dickson in Impromptu Speaking

Overall, TJC won more than 430 awards during the year, including a Sweepstakes award at every tournament they attended except one.

For more information on the TJC Speech and Debate program, go to www.tjc.edu/speech.

Tyler Junior College is now the home of the best speech and debate team among community colleges in the United States after winning two prestigious tournaments in April, school officials announced.

TJC’s Speech and Debate team won the Phi Rho Pi National tournament April 9-14 after winning the American Forensics Association’s national tournament April 5-9 at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo.

In Colorado, TJC won first as the Top Community College and team assistant director Joan Andrews was recognized as Coach of the Year from District 3 representing Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

In Florida, TJC brought home Gold Overall Sweepstakes, Silver Individual Events Sweepstakes and Gold Debate Sweepstakes in its division.

TJC’s Alex Dickson, of Oliver, and Cooper Ezell, of Tyler, tied for second place as Top Speakers for the tournament.

Team director M’Liss Hindman was recognized with the Fellowship Award for Coaches.

“This is an amazing accomplishment when you realize that they are competing against universities at most of our tournaments,” Hindman said. “This has truly been a landmark year. We are proud of how well they represented our wonderful college.”

Gold Winners

-- Alex Dickson and Aaron Kelley, of Longview, in Parliamentary Debate

-- Nick White, of Saginaw, and Cooper Ezell in Parliamentary Debate

-- Alex Dickson in IPDA Debate

-- Aaron Kelley in Impromptu Speaking

-- Cooper Ezell in Extemporaneous Speaking

Silver Winners

-- Nick White in IPDA debate

-- Cooper Ezell in IPDA Debate

-- Carson Moreland, of Hughes Springs, in Dramatic Interpretation

-- Chris Flores, of Muleshoe, in Prose Interpretation

-- Alex Dickson in Extemporaneous Speaking

Bronze Winners

-- Aaron Kelley in IPDA Debate

-- Nick White in Extemporaneous Speaking

-- Cooper Ezell in Impromptu Speaking

-- Adaeze Uche, of Mesquite, in Dramatic Interpretation

-- Matt Mooneyham, of Fairfield, in Dramatic Interpretation

-- Shaelyn Handy, of Fort Worth, in Prose Interpretation

-- Alex Dickson in Impromptu Speaking

Overall, TJC won more than 430 awards during the year, including a Sweepstakes award at every tournament they attended except one.

For more information on the TJC Speech and Debate program, go to www.tjc.edu/speech.

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