The Central Texas College (CTC) Speech and Debate Team participated in the 36th annual Texas Speech Championship last weekend and finished as the runner-up among the 31 competing teams. The second place honor was bolstered by 14 individual awards, including Katherine Weaver, freshman, who earned state championship honors in debate.

Other individual awards were won by Joseph Bahr, freshman, and De’Ja Higgins, sophomore, who advanced to the elite eight of the debate tournament. Bahr also placed fourth in entertainment speech and sixth in extemporaneous speaking. Higgins placed fourth in oral interpretation, fourth in persuasive speaking and second in the state in poetry.

Freshman Nathan Van Zanten was second in communication analysis and third in duo performance with Higgins. Jeff Jackson, freshman, placed third in informative speaking. Bobbie Borntrager, freshman, placed seventh in impromptu speaking.

This semester, the CTC Speech and Debate team earned community college champion honors (and fifth place overall) at the 45th annual Southwest Baptist University tournament in October competing against 10 other community colleges and 16 four-year universities. Last month, the team took second-place at the 57th annual University of Oklahoma Sooner Showdown Speech and Debate Tournament, competing against 32 four-year universities and 21 community colleges. The CTC team will now compete in the national speech championships in Dayton, Florida in March.   


Photo: Pictured are CTC Speech Team members Jeff Jackson, De'Ja Higgins, Joseph Bahr, Katherine Weaver, Bobbie Borntrager and Nathan Van Zanten.