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EPCC Forensics Dominate National Tournament

The El Paso Community College (EPCC) Performance Studies and Debate Team continues their successful record by winning the 2017 PI KAPPA DELTA National Tournament held at Boise University in Idaho March 23-26. This event was attended by universities and community colleges from across the country.

The Team will take an impressive 37 national qualifications into the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIETD) being held at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois April 1-3.

This is more than any other school in their AFA-NIET District IX in which they compete.

Team Awards:

– Excellent Community College Team Sweepstakes Award

– Excellent Individual Events Team Sweepstakes Award

– Excellent Combined Overall Team Sweepstakes Award

Individual/Duo Awards:

– Diego Martinez/Sabrina Bustillos- Parliamentary Debate National Champion, Superior Debating Award

– Diego Oropeza- Top Individual Showcase Performance Award in Dramatic Interpretation

– Salvador Ali Mendoza- Top Individual Showcase Performance Award in Poetry Interpretation

– Stephanie Avila, Salvador Ali Mendoza, Diego Oropeza, Sabas Del Toro and Hannah Perches- Awards in Prose Interpretation

– Erick Canales/Sarah Curtis and Salvador Ali Mendoza/Jordan Catanach- Awards in Duo Interpretation

– Sabrina Bustillos: Award in Extemporaneous Speaking

– Diego Oropeza and Sabas Del Toro- Award in Program Oral Interpretation Performance

– Erick Canales and Sabas Del Toro. Awards in Dramatic Interpretation

– Stephanie Avila, Sabas Del Toro, Diego Parada and D. J. Oropeza- Awards in Poetry Interpretation

At the National Convention, which is part of the National Tournament, EPCC coaches were elected to leadership roles in the Pi Kappa Delta Fraternity.

EPCC Director of Performance Studies & Forensics Keith Townsend was re-elected as Governor of the Lower Mississippi Provence which includes the states of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana & Mississippi.

Assistant Forensics Coach, Joel Anguiano was elected a Pi Kappa Delta’s National Council At-Large Representatives.

Townsend and Anguiano said,”this year is EPCC’s best showing at this prestigious national competition.”

 

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