The Department of Rhetoric’s newly launched Speech and Debate Team competed in its first two tournaments this weekend, taking home a total of nine awards in categories including parliamentary debate and oral interpretation.
At the Carolyn Keefe Memorial Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 11, partners Gina Barbara and Rory Doehring finished as semifinalists in parliamentary debate, while Amanda Palomino placed sixth in the category of program oral interpretation. Overall, Hofstra University’s team finished third among competing Pi Kappa Delta National Honorary Society chapter teams.
On Sunday, the team continued competition in the Southern & Northern Atlantic Forensics Union #2 tournament, winning both first (Daniel Kounin and Garrett Shum) and second (Victor Parbat and Anthony Ramdhani) place in parliamentary debate. Amanda Palomino also received seventh place honors in program oral interpretation. Hofstra University finished in fifth place overall among all teams.
Hofstra’s team — comprised of 12 first-time competitors from varied majors including journalism, rhetoric, accounting, biology, and history — held its own against veteran teams from 12 other colleges and universities. Led by Director of Forensics Dr. Tomeka Robinson and graduate assistants Sean Allen, Jaysin Spradley, and Sierra Ortega, students participated in 11 individual speech events during the two competitions, both held at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Other team members who contributed to the team’s overall rankings include Amanda Donato, Regan Hamm, Tyler Johnson, Julia Metlay, and Sabrina Singh.
This was the first tournament Hofstra students participated in since 2008, when the team was last active. This upcoming weekend, the team will head to Allentown, Pennsylvania, for the Cedar Crest College and Southern & Northern Atlantic Forensics Union #3 competitions.