By Lauren Ramirez
The EPCC Forensics and Debate team is one to be reckoned with.
The team recently won big at the PI KAPPA DELTA National Tournament on Mar 4. Where colleges and
universities around the nation competed in speech, theatre, and debate events.
At the conclusion of the tournament, the team won a total of 18 individual event awards.
Courtesy of the EPCC Forensics and Debate Team
EPCC Debate Team at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament.
They also won the Excellent Community College Sweepstakes Award and the Individual Events
Team Sweepstakes Award.
Continuing their progression in achieving more wins, EPCC Forensics and Debate coach Keith
Townsend said the team is hoping to receive a placement in the top 10 nationally.
“For the past years, EPCC has been ranked first, second or third in the nation each year, with six of those years
being number one,” he said. “We are hoping to continue this winning record, as well as being
one of the most respected teams nationally.”
The Forensics and Debate team travel across the nation, competing against other universities
and colleges in hopes of earning qualifications for the national competitions that take place from early
September through early March each year.
The team has won over 150 individual performance awards this season and counting.
“We have been fortunate that we are very strong in oral interpretation and theatre, and are able to still rank at the top of all the tournaments we attended, including nationals,” Townsend said.
Returning member Camille Acosta was the national champion in dramatic interpretation.
“I’ve placed first at least once in all of my events.
“I’ve also been fortunate enough to receive a few top speaker awards at previous tournaments.”
In April, EPCC Forensics and Debate team will be competing in the AFA-NIET National
Tournament, the PHI RHO PI National Tournament and the National Forensics Association National
“The team has really shined bright this season.”