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The forensic team is back at CSU-Pueblo for the first time since the mid 1990s

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CSU-Pueblo3The Colorado State University Pueblo forensic team competed in the Great Salt Lake Invitational/Long Beach Classic tournament, winning an award for every event they competed in.

The tournament was held Jan. 4-6 on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City.

The California State Long Beach Tournament and the University of Utah Tournament took place back to back, Danny Iberri-Shea, faculty adviser to the CSU- Pueblo Forensic team, said.

The CSU-Pueblo team members are, John Palmer, Carolyn Brinson, Cody Rule and Victoria Hund. Each team member received awards for every event they competed in, Brinson, the team’s president, said.

The CSU-Pueblo Forensic Team’s accomplishment of receiving awards was more satisfying since this was their second competition; the only other competition was a Colorado College tournament, Brinson, who also spoke about how the forensic team was formed this last fall, said.

In the Pueblo Chieftain article “CSU-Pueblo speech, debate team is back” Gayle Perez wrote about Iberri-Shea’s restoration of the university’s forensic team.

CSU-Pueblo did not have a forensic team since the mid-1990s. When Iberri-Shea was hired in the spring of 2012 he helped the college build a re-purposed forensic team.

“It was my understanding that at one time, there was a powerful forensics program at CSU-Pueblo and it’s been my goal to bring that program back,” Iberri-Shea said.

With the help of dedicated students, Iberri-Shea accomplished this goal.

During the tournament in Salt Lake City, Palmer received sixth place in varsity After Dinner Speaking and first place in junior varsity After Dinner Speaking, according to Iberri-Shea.

Brinson received second place in Impromptu Speaking, second in Dramatic Interpretation and first in Poetry in the California State Long Beach Tournament. Brinson also placed first in Impromptu Speaking, second in Extemporaneous Speaking, first in Dramatic Interpretation and second in Poetry in the University of Utah Tournament.

Rule and Hund won third place in the junior varsity division of the National Parliamentary Debate Association Parliamentary Debate against Central Wyoming, University of Nevada-Reno, and University of Colorado Boulder, Iberri-Shea said in an email addressed to the CSU-Pueblo faculty.

“I think it was the passion we had, just doing the debate,” Brinson said on her thoughts behind the success of the team. “I think it’s the practice.”

“I want them to be well rounded and have the knowledge to do certain things,” Brinson said. “I want them to win more trophies, of course.”

The tournament in Salt Lake City gave the forensic team an opportunity to gauge how strong their team was compared to competitors with more experience.

“You don’t know if you are the best if you haven’t competed against the best, and so I definitely think that was a tournament where we were definitely able to compete against really really good teams,” Brinson said.

In February, the forensic team will be competing in the Laramie County Community College Forensic Tournament said Iberri-Shea in his email.