CTC speech team earns medals at national tournament

The Central Texas College (CTC) Speech team returned from Denver, CO ith a few medals after competing in the Phi Rho Pi National Forensic Tournament last week. Representing CTC were co-captains Brandy Alexander and Anna Gay and Katherine Hlavaty.

Speech team members competed in a variety of speech formats including extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking and persuasive speech. While the team is small it has a vast amount of experience as all three members competed in last year’s national tournament. Gay earned a gold medal in communication analysis and Hlavaty was the silver medal winner in the category.

This year, Gay earned a silver medal in extemporaneous speaking and bronze medals in communication analysis and persuasive speaking. Hlavaty won a bronze medal in prose interpretation while Alexander earned bronze medals in extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking.

In the state tournament last fall, the CTC team placed third in the team sweepstakes category. Individually, Gay was ranked fourth overall in the state earning a state championship in persuasive speaking and communication analysis. She also placed fourth in extemporaneous speaking. Alexander placed second in extemporaneous speaking and third in informative speaking. Hlavaty earned third place honors in programmed oral interpretation, fifth in prose interpretation and fourth in communication analysis.

At regional competition held at Tyler Junior College earlier this spring semester, the CTC team competed against other schools from Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana with more than 40 individual competitors including nationally-ranked Lone Star North Harris College and Tyler Junior College. Alexander was a four-time regional finalist with silver medals in extemporaneous speaking and informative speaking, a bronze medal in impromptu speaking and was a semi-finalist in Lincoln-Douglas-style debate.

Gay earned two regional championships by winning gold medals in extemporaneous speaking and persuasive speaking. She also earned a silver medal in communication analysis. Hlavaty won a regional championship by earning a gold medal in communication analysis. Overall, CTC placed third in the debate sweepstakes and fourth in individual event sweepstakes.

Established in 1929, Phi Rho Pi is the National Junior and Community College Forensic Association Honor Society. It hosts the only full-service national tournament in the United States with 11 individual events, three forms of debate and interpreter’s theatre.

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