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ICC's England finishes fourth in nation at speech and debate nationals

ICC's England finishes fourth in nation at speech and debate nationals

Independence Community College Speech and Debate Team members, (left to right) Sophomore Judge, Kaylea Brock, Freshman Makayla England, Freshman, Maddy O’Rourke, Sophomore Braidon Beard.

Independence, Kansas—March 14, 2017— The Independence Community College (ICC) speech and debate team competed in the national novice forensics and debate championship in Pensacola, Florida this past weekend.

The opening day of competition at the University of West Florida was devoted to debate, where freshman, Makayla England finished 4th in the nation.

“I am extremely proud of Makayla,” said Konye Obaji, coach for the team. “Our entire team was extremely competitive, with some of the top universities in the country.”

ICC was the only community college competing in the debate rounds of the tournament, which included entries from The University of Alabama, University of Florida, Louisiana State University, College of DuPage, Rutgers, and Bowling Green State University.

All three members of the forensics team qualified for finals in at least one category each.

Sophomore, Braidon Beard finished 6th in slam poetry, while freshman, Makayla England finished 6th in Rhetorical Analysis, and Freshmen, Maddy O’Rourke and Makayla England finished 6th in duo.



Independence Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.