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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Three students represented Tri-County in the competition. They were (pictured from left to right) Chris Gerstle, of Pickens, a biological sciences major; Manuel Manley, of Pendleton, an information technology major, who placed first in Informative Speaking and third in Persuasive Speaking; and Orrie Kyzer, of Conway, a University Transfer student majoring in performing arts, who placed first in both Impromptu Speaking and Oral Interpretation of Poetry.

         Tri-County Technical College took first-place overall honors and was named this year's Sweepstakes Winner at the 2012 South Carolina Speech and Theater Association's Annual College Festival Competition.

 Three students represented Tri-County in the competition. They were (pictured from left to right) Chris Gerstle, of Pickens, a biological sciences major; Manuel Manley, of Pendleton, an information technology major, who placed first in Informative Speaking and third in Persuasive Speaking; and Orrie Kyzer, of Conway, a University Transfer student majoring in performing arts, who placed first in both Impromptu Speaking and Oral Interpretation of Poetry.


Tri-County Takes First-Place Overall Honors At SCSTA College Festival Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               2/12/2012

         EASLEY --- For the first time ever, Tri-County Technical College took first-place overall honors and was named this year's Sweepstakes Winner at the 2012 South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association's Annual College Festival Competition.

         Tri-County students took home three first-place awards at the competition held February 11 at the College's Easley Campus. 

         "We have been taking teams to this competition for the last fifteen years. This is the first time we've ever won first place overall," said Coach Greg Toney, who is a speech instructor at the College.  "Everyone worked hard and was deserving of this honor."

         Three students represented Tri-County in the competition. They were Orrie Kyzer, of Conway, a University Transfer student majoring in performing arts; Manuel Manley, of Pendleton, an information technology major; and Chris Gerstle, of Pickens, a biological sciences major.

         Kyzer placed first in both Impromptu Speaking and Oral Interpretation of Poetry.  Manley placed first in Informative Speaking and third in Persuasive Speaking.

         The nine colleges from around the state who competed in the event were Furman University, USC Upstate, Newberry College, Lander University, Claflin University, USC Lancaster, Limestone College, Midlands Technical College and Tri-County.

         "My goal is to go to these competitions and be competitive," said Toney. "It's a challenge to compete every year against schools such as Newberry and USC-Upstate that actually have four-year programs in drama and speech. However, we always have success and this year it resulted in an overall first-place finish!  I'm very proud of them," said Toney.

"Communication skills are one of the most important skills someone can take into the workplace today," said Toney. "Competing in this annual speech and drama festival allows students to sharpen those skills, as well represent their school while competing against other colleges from around the state."

The South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association (SCSTA) is a professional organization that promotes the study of all areas of performance and oral communication: acting, oral interpretation/performance studies, theatre, broadcasting, public speaking, discussion and debate, and speech education. Its main purpose is the advancement of the total speech and theatre effort in the educational system of South Carolina.  SCSTA serves both the public and private schools and the colleges and universities in South Carolina through an annual conference and spring festival competitions in the Communication Arts, and through recognition of outstanding contributors to our efforts. Membership is open to all persons interested in performance and other areas of oral communication and should be of special interest to persons teaching speech and drama courses at all levels.

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