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Las Positas College speech team wins second overall in international competition

Five students won first place in individual contests in Vienna, Austria

Las Positas College's speech team, the Talk Hawks, won second place at the International Forensics Association Tournament in Vienna, Austria, in mid-March.

The team competed against 15 teams from March 14-15 and secured first place among two-year institutions and second place overall, according to a school release.

"We are extremely proud of our team's performance at the international competition, where they demonstrated great skill and poise and served as excellent ambassadors for our school and our nation," Las Positas College president Barry Russell said.

The Talk Hawks won four events, and seven students placed in individual competitions, including five who won first place, the college stated.

The students spent time outside of the competition exploring Vienna by attending an opera and hearing a performance of Mozart's works -- who hailed from Austria -- as well as visiting Slovakia. Students paid for their own travel expenses, the college stated.

Students who placed in individual competitions were: Phillip Bannister, international champion in Duo Interpretation, fourth place in Informative Speaking and seventh place in Poetry Interpretation; Jennie De Rose, international champion in Prose Interpretation and sixth place in Persuasive Speaking; Kimbria Mitchell, fifth place in Dramatic Interpretation; Vincent Walker, international champion in Informative Speaking, third place in Dramatic Interpretation and sixth place in Poetry Interpretation; Katelyn Harper, international champion in Duo Interpretation and seventh place in Speech to Entertain; Erin McQueen, third place in Dramatic Interpretation and Danielle Leedeman, International Champion in Speech to Entertain and third place in Rhetorical Criticism.

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