SANTA CLARITA—The College of the Canyons speech team won five medals during the five-day Phi Rho Pi National Speech Tournament was held at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills on April 16-20.
At the event, first-year competitor Hillary Phillips won a gold medal in Persuasive Speaking—a first for the team—for her speech about the dangers of button batteries. Phillips was also awarded a silver medal in the Programmed Oral Interpretation category.
“The COC speech team is a place where you can grow as a performer and a person,” said Phillips. “It’s tough but awesome. It’s just one of the greatest experiences in life to know you gave your all and are rewarded for it.”
Shawn Kern, COC speech team president, earned a bronze medal in Prose Interpretation for performing a short story about a male figure skater competing in the Olympics who is in love with his skating partner.
Jesse Warme also earned a bronze medal in Impromptu Speaking and Derek Isomaki earned the team’s first bronze medal in the Speech to Entertain category for his humorous speech about the “Friend Zone.”
“I’m very humbled to take this journey with the team every year and see how each person grows,” said Michael Leach, director of the COC speech team. “With a lot of hard work, team members continue to have more success and develop some of the most important skills employers seek.”
Phi Rho Pi is committed to increasing knowledge and appreciation of speech and forensic arts. The organization annually offers community college students a national tournament that is consistently one of the largest in the nation, welcoming more than 75 schools and 600 coaches.
The College of the Canyons speech team provides students with the opportunity to hone their public speaking and acting skills through local, regional and national competitions.
Those interested in joining the COC speech team next year are encouraged to audition on Friday, May 24. Students selected to join the team will begin preparing for the speech season in the summer. To audition, contact Michael Leach at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for an audition slot.
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Source: Santa Clarita News