TCU Forensics team takes first place in competition

The award-winning TCU Forensics team.

The award-winning TCU Forensics team.

TCU Forensics was named the winning team at the Golden Eagle Swing competition, beating out more than 15 schools to take top honors.

The competition was held at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and pitted TCU Forensics against many of the region’s largest and most competitive teams.

The award for first place is given to the team that performs best in both the individual speaking events and the team debate. “This win shows that TCU has a well-rounded, comprehensive program,” said Dr. Amorette Hinderaker, convener of debates and assistant professor.

In addition to team awards, the tournament also awarded individual top speakers. TCU Forensics team members won four out of five awards given to top speakers, including first and second place.

TCU’s top two sweepstakes winners are debate partners, and each competed in six individual speaking events that spanned the entire spectrum of public speaking skill. Speaking events included impromptu speaking on a given prompt, prepared persuasive and rhetorical criticism platforms, extemporaneous speaking on current events, and the interpretation of literature.

“Overall sweepstakes awards are important achievements in the forensics world,” added Dr. Hinderaker. “These awards — both the individual and team level — show which teams are at the top, but moreover, they show how holistic a team is. To win these awards, students must be proficient in multiple areas of forensic rhetoric.”


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