“Our team is composed of first-year competitors with the exception of returning captain Austin Santiago,” said Director of Forensics and Coach Thomas Bovino. “Our goal is to place at the Phi Rho Pi national championships in April,” Bovino said and added, “at this point, we are doing well but need to continue making progress and polishing our work so that we can have a good showing at nationals. The students are continuing to add in new work in each tournament and are rehearsing regularly to reach a consistently high level of performance.”
The highly competitive tournament was attended by 18 other colleges, including:
City College of San Francisco
Contra Costa Community College
California State University—Chico
Diablo Valley College
Las Positas College
Los Medanos College
Modesto Junior College
Mt. San Antonio College
Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
Santa Rosa Junior College
Solano Community College
Speech at Berkeley
The Suffolk team is coached by Thomas Bovino, director of forensics, academic chair of communication studies/tv/radio/film; Christopher Holfester, head coach, professor of communication studies; Ron Staniec, volunteer assistant coach, adjunct instructor of communication studies and Fatima Dar, volunteer debate coach, former Suffolk team member.
Pictured Above From Left To Right: Faiz Shakir (Deer Park), Heather Mannkopf (Sayville), J.T. Brockmann (Medford), Rihana Joseph (Brentwood), Team Captain Austin Santiago (Commack), Christopher Chiusa (West Islip), Bree Dougherty (Farmingville), Coach Christopher Holfester. Press Release by Drew Biondo. Press Release Made Available by Suffolk County Community College.
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