February 17, 2020

The Wytheville Community College (WCC) Forensics Team recently participated in the Collegiate Forensics Association (CFA) Southern Excursion tournament held in Gastonia, N.C. 

Gaston Day School hosted the tournament on Feb. 7-8, 2020. The CFA organizes debate and forensics tournaments for college students in the Eastern United States.

Natalia Garcia holding CFA award plaquesWCC student Natalia Garcia competed on behalf of WCC. Garcia, of Marion, Va., placed second overall in the Single Dramatic Interpretation event. Garcia is a 2019 graduate of Marion Senior High School, where she participated in forensics for three years. She placed first during her senior year at the State Forensics Championship in Serious Dramatic Interpretation. 

“Natalia did remarkably well in her first college-level tournament. She put in a lot of time and effort practicing her piece which resulted in success,” remarked Denita Burnett, WCC Forensic Team Sponsor.

WCC placed sixth overall in the Team Sweepstakes and was the only community college competing in the event. Garcia competed with students from numerous 4-year colleges and universities, including the University of Lynchburg, Hampton University, Randolph-Macon College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Florida College.

The WCC Forensics Team is open to all students currently enrolled at WCC and provides opportunities for students to practice skills in oral interpretation, public speaking, and oral presentation. For more information about the WCC Forensics Team or how to join, please contact Burnett at (276)223-4769 or email dburnett@wcc.vccs.edu.

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