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April 19, 2011 > Forensics team places at national tournament

Forensics team places at national tournament

Submitted by Patricia Russell
Photo courtesy of Fatima Ansary

The Chabot College Gladiator Forensics Team took sixth place among all community colleges at the March 23-26 Pi Kappa Delta National Championship Tournament in Portland, Oregon. Hosted by Mount Hood Community College, the tournament featured the best of intercollegiate forensics in a full range of individual and team events.

The Gladiators team won an "Excellent" Award overall. "Excellent" awards are given to teams and individuals placing in the top third; "Superior" awards are granted to teams and individuals in the top 10 percent, explained Chabot College Instructor and Director of Forensics Jason Ames.

Following are the tournament award winners:

National Superior Award Winners:
Eileen Zedd, Persuasive Speaking, fourth in the nation and Great Western Region representative for the national tournament showcase. Zedd is the State Gold Medalist and State Champion in Persuasive Speaking, qualifying her to participate in the Interstate Oratorical Competition, the oldest collegiate forensics competition in the United States. The top two collegians from each state are invited to compete in this event, which will be held April 21-23 at James Madison University in Virginia.

Toan Nguyen, Program Oral Interpretation of Literature, 10th in the nation.
A short story by Chabot College English Instructor Zac Walsh was used in this program.

National Excellent Award Winners:
Fatima Ansary, Communication Analysis; Brad Bettridge, Debate; and Eileen Zedd, Extemporaneous Speaking.

Gladiator national team members Jessica Hollie, Jake Hewitt, and Katy DiNatale each earned a "Good" recommendation in at least one of their events. Recent state awards include: Brad Bettridge, Eileen Zedd, Jake Hewitt, and Jessica Hollie as Bronze Medalists in Parliamentary Debate; and Arturo Diaz, Bronze Medal in Poetry Interpretation.

For further Forensics Program information call (510) 723-7438 or

Chabot College Gladiator Forensics Team "Speak Up"
Thursday, April 28
6:30 p.m.
Chabot College, Little Theatre
25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward
(510) 723-7438

Suggested donations are $5-$10/parking is $2.

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