OWC Forensics Team 2nd in State, First Place in Lincoln Douglas Debate


The Okaloosa-Walton College Forensics Team recently competed in the State Forensics Championship sponsored by the Florida Community College Activities Association at Tallahassee Community College. Matthew Williams of Niceville placed first in the state in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, becoming the state champion. OWC's team placed second overall in the Debate Sweepstakes and third overall in the Team Sweepstakes in competition against eight other state community college teams. The OWC team captured the high accolades despite having only three out of four eligible members available to compete in the tournament.

Matthew Williams, of Niceville, took 1st place in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate and 5th place in Extemporaneous Speaking. Jesse O'Brien, of Fort Walton Beach, took 4th place in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate. The team of Matthew Williams and Kendra Rousseau, of Tiverton, RI, took 2nd place in Cross Examination Debate.

The OWC team continues the tradition of being competitive at the state and national levels. In 2007, the team had two members go from the State Forensics Championships to the Phi Rho Pi Community College Nationals with several speeches in Entertainment and Interpretative Events.

For more information on OWC's Forensics Team and scholarship available to team members please contact Cecil Scalf, Forensics Coach, at 897-2080 or scalfc@owc.edu.

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