The Alabama Forensic Council, UA’s competitive speech team, recently competed in four national tournaments and brought home a team national championship and seven individual national championships among other awards.
During March and April, AFC attended the Pi Kappa Delta Biennial Convention and Tournament, Asynchronous Speech Championship national tournament, American Forensics Association National Speech Tournament and National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament.
The team had an incredible finish to its tournament season and received more than 100 awards across the four tournaments. Notably, AFC won the national championship for team sweepstakes at the National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament.
Additionally, four students — Alex Brewbaker, Anna Kutbay, Ja’Quacy Minter and Garrett Reynolds — collectively won seven individual national championships this tournament season.
At the Pi Kappa Delta Biennial Convention and Tournament, Brewbaker and Minter won the national championship in Duo Interpretation. In addition, Minter won the national championship in Poetry Interpretation and Reynolds won the national championship in After Dinner Speaking.
At the Asynchronous Speech Championship, Kutbay won the national championship in Persuasive Speaking. And at the American Forensics Association National Speech Tournament, she won the national championships in Impromptu Speaking and Informative Speaking. She was also named the individual sweepstakes national champion for the second consecutive year, and Minter was named the individual sweepstakes national runner-up.
The AFC is the oldest co-curricular organization on campus and aims to respect and build upon the successes of alumni and forge a path for current and future students. AFC provides students with skills and resources to engage in intellectual discovery, enable professional development, strengthen and utilize their unique voices, construct compelling messages, engage in interpersonal and rhetorical exploration, and foster community through advocacy and argumentation.
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