Berry College Forensics Union brings home national titles
MOUNT BERRY, Ga. – March 21, 2017 – The Berry College Forensics Union (BCFU) came home with quite a few wins under its belt after a successful weekend at the Novice Nationals at the University of West Florida. These wins included seven finalists, second place in their division, and a champion in extemporaneous.
From March 10 to 12, the team competed in a variety of events. Among the group of competitors was sophomore Nicole Harris, who had no prior experience with forensics before last semester, and who took the championship in the extemporaneous speech event.
“A lot of the things I was talking about were very personal, and I wasn’t sure how well they would be received,” Harris said. “It was really humbling and really exciting. I didn’t expect to break as much as I did, but it was really exciting mostly to see that effort brought into fruition.”
Harris competed in the pentathlon at the tournament, which required her to research and prepare five speeches in a limited time. She came in fourth for the pentathlon as whole, but also placed in the individual events in the pentathlon. These wins included second in public narrative, fourth in impromptu sales, and national champion in extemporaneous.
Also competing in the tournament were freshmen Eugenia Barboza and Anna Claire Tucker. Barboza placed fourth in impromptu and fifth in informative. Tucker placed sixth in persuasion and fourth in public narrative.
Among the students on the trip was senior Jess Bozeman, who has had the privilege to compete with BCFU over the past few years and was also able to accompany the team to Novice Nationals. “It was really such an honor to be able to see the people who started this first year on the team win so much and see the community,” Bozeman said. “That was the most special thing, to see how they interacted together and won together.”