TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX)-The College of Southern Idaho Forensics team recently received first place at the Northwest Forensics Conference. According to the college, the team took the top spot in the community college sweepstakes at the season opening tournament, one of the largest in the country, called the 2019 Steve Hunt Classic at Lewis & Clark College in north Idaho. There are three conferences held each year, with the next scheduled for November at Linfield College.

The freshman/sophomore team of Bianca Vazquez and Katelyn Sweeney won the junior division of British parliamentary debate. Sweeney also placed third in novice persuasive and earned third speaker overall in parliamentary debate. Team captain, Brook Seal, advanced to elimination rounds in all of her novice events, taking fourth place in extemporaneous, sixth in informative, and she was a quarterfinalist in international public debate, earning ninth speaker overall. Sophomore Maggie Zlatanova earned first place in junior extemporaneous, and was the top novice in communication analysis. Sophomore Manuel Hernandez earned first in novice extemporaneous and placed fifth in novice informative. Sophomore Kaylee Tegan and freshman Jack Clifford also contributed to the overall team victory, and Clifford earned seventh speaker in novice international public debate.

Students at the most recent tournament competed against other two and four-year public and private schools.