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OWCC STUDENTS EARN HONORS AT NATIONAL FORENSICS TOURNEY

05/14/2004

Three members of the Forensics and Debate teams at Okaloosa-Walton Community College recently competed in the national junior college Phi Rho Pi National Forensics Tournament held in Woodland Hills, California. More than 90 other college teams from across the U.S. participated in the national tournament.

Mark Owens of Destin earned a Bronze, third place, national award in Program Oral Interpretation for his dramatic interpretation portraying the nature of racial discrimination and economic depravation in American society.
His work wove together selections of various literature, including portions of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech and white supremacist propaganda, to display the nature and impact of racial discrimination today.

Preston Biller of Niceville and Molly Tandy of Mary Esther won the Bell-Scroggins Debate Award for CEDA Team Debate.
This award is presented to the CEDA Policy Debate Team who represents the finest qualities of intercollegiate debate. This is the first time in the 20-year history of the award that an OWCC debate team won. The recipients were selected by a vote of fellow debaters at the tournament as the Debate team that represented the most ethical and effective CEDA Debate style.