The Jefferson State Speech and Debate Team had the honor of traveling to Berlin, Germany on March 8-16 to compete in the International Forensics Association Speech and Debate Tournament, held in the Park Inn Alexanderplatz Hotel.
Students from two dozen colleges and universities competed in individual public speaking and dramatic events as well as IPDA (International Public Debate Association) debate.
Jefferson State sent three second-year team members and all brought home awards. Individual Event Captain Atiyah Muhammad won 5th place in Prose Interpretation, while Debate Captain Jacob Humphries was a semi-finalist in Extemporaneous Speaking. Team President Rich Quarles went undefeated in debate preliminary rounds and was ranked 7th of out all 64 open-division debaters at the tournament.
In addition to competing, team members also explored the historical and cultural sites of Berlin and the surrounding area, including the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and Sanssouci Palace, the summer home of Frederick the Great.
The team is excited to be recruiting new members for the next season and full-tuition scholarships are available to qualified students. No experience is required, but students need to have at least one year left at Jefferson State, a 2.5 GPA, the ability to travel a few weekends a semester and a strong work ethic. Please contact Dr. Janice Ralya ([email protected]) for more information.