PSC Hosts Forensics Championships

February 12th, 2001 by Adam

Marcia Santore

February 12, 2001

The Plymouth State College forensics team will host the 2001 New England Regional Speech and Debate Championship. The tournament will take place in Hyde Hall on Saturday, February 24, from 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Students will compete in such areas as informative, persuasive, extemporaneous, impromptu and after-dinner speaking; poetry and prose interpretation; rhetorical criticism; “dramatic duo” (an interpretive reading of a play for two characters); and a Lincoln-Douglas debate on the topic “Resolved that the United States Federal Government should significantly restrict civil lawsuits.”

Current members of Plymouth State’s forensics team are Dan O’Neil (president) of Center Conway, N.H.; Jessica Congi (vice president) of Fairborn, Ohio; Bob Dague of Enfield, Conn.; Tanya Greenwood of Bristol, N.H.; Trish Giasson of Peru, Maine; Jocelyn Roby of Boscawen, N.H.; Nichole Saccoccia of Barrington, N.H.; and Paris Landry of West Franklin, N.H. They will be joined by competitors from Suffolk University, Simmons College, the University of Rhode Island, Wheaton College, the University of Southern Maine, Cape Cod Community College and Franklin Pierce College.

“Forensics provides useful career preparation in law, education, politics, broadcasting, religion, public affairs, business, and other professions requiring critical thinking and communication skills,” explains Scott Maltzie, lecturer in philosophy and director of forensics. “Since the activity is interdisciplinary with subject matter taken from such fields as economics, politics, sociology, science, communication, history, English and philosophy, among others, it appeals to students with varying goals and interests. Most importantly, forensics provides students with an opportunity to interact with their peers from across the country.” A 1986 graduate of PSC, Maltzie joined the PSC team as a student, and returned in 1989 as assistant coach, then coach and director.

For more information, contact Scott Maltzie at (603) 753-4562 or by e-mail at
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