CASSC hosts second Forensics Speech & Debate Competition

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Catskill Area School Study Council held its second Forensic Speech and Debate Tournament in Fitzelle Hall on the SUNY Oneonta campus. The tournament is one of a regular series of three tournaments hosted by CASSC. Fifty students from eight school districts participated in Saturday’s tournament.

The Forensics Program offers students and advisors training and experience in the art of speaking and delivery as well as the opportunity to experience public speaking and debate. Three competitions are held each year on the SUNY Oneonta campus. Students compete in a variety of events including reading of prose, reading of poetry, memorized drama scenes, Lincoln-Douglas debate, Public Forum debate, and extemporaneous speaking on current event topics and limited preparation events.

The first-place trophy for overall performance went to Shenendehowa, with second and third place going to Walton and Oneonta respectively. SUNY Oneonta students serve as Speech and Debate volunteer judges.

For more information on how to become involved, please contact Suzanne Swantak-Furman, CASSC Executive Coordinator, at 607-436-2584. The Study Council welcomes new and creative partnerships from the college that connect our local schools with enrichment opportunities at SUNY Oneonta.