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May 8, 2007 > National medalist Forensics team seeks new members

National medalist Forensics team seeks new members

Ohlone College Forensics team journeyed to Texas for the annual national Phi Rho Pi tournament April 8 through 15. The team did extremely well as a whole, taking the Gold Medal for Debate Sweepstakes in the Wheeler Division and the division Bronze Award for Overall Sweepstakes.

In individual and team competition, Ohlone's two pairs of parliamentary teams distinguished themselves as well, despite competing for one of the smaller schools at the national tournament. Emily Burkett and David Taube took gold and came away ranked second in the nation in Parliamentary Debate; while the team of Sammy Obeid and Athena Bringhurst earned the bronze.

Sammy Obeid also went on to claim the Gold Medal with an outstanding presentation in the Speech to Entertain category and came away from the event ranked first in the nation. Emily Burkett nearly duplicated her teammate's feat in Extemporaneous Speaking. She ultimately received the Silver Medal.

The team will be present at the May 9 Ohlone College Board of Trustees meeting in recognition of their success. Members of the team presented a selection of their prize-winning speeches at Ohlone's Annual Speech Night on May 4, featuring Obeid's and Burkett's medal-winning orations.

The team actively encourages new members and Coach Matt Freeman is offering a summer course to all those interested in competitive forensics.

Ohlone Forensics summer course
June 18 - July 26
Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 659-6000

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