Campus: San Francisco State University -- April 14, 2003
Three SFSU students named All-Americans in intercollegiate
Honors mark second consecutive year that SFSU students are named
to an All-American team
Three members of the San Francisco State University Speech and Debate
Team were recently named All-Americans following national intercollegiate
tournaments in debate and individual events, placing them among the
top college speakers in the United States.
This is the second consecutive year in which SFSU students were named
All-Americans must be seniors and are honored for their speech and debate
skills, community service and scholastic achievement.
Senior Juli Lu, a 24-year-old Pacifica resident who grew up in Scarborough,
Ontario, and senior Tony Bernacchi, a 33-year-old San Ramon resident,
were named to the All-American team in debate at the Cross Examination
Debate Association (CEDA) national tournament held last month at Arizona
Senior Marina Whitchurch, a 28-year-old San Francisco resident who grew
up in Santa Rosa, was named to the All-American team in individual events
at the American Forensics Association (AFA) National Individual Events
tournament held April 4-7 at University of Mississippi at Oxford.
“While the education they acquire in forensics is the real reward,
national recognition as an All-American is a wonderful bonus,”
said Shawn Whalen, director of forensics and the team’s coach.
“Through persistence and hard work they have earned their status
among the nation’s top speakers.”
Bernacchi and Lu are among 29 intercollegiate debaters nationwide, and
six from California, selected All-American by CEDA.
“We are being recognized not only for our individual debate careers,
but also for what we have given to the debate community,” said
Bernacchi, a speech and communication studies major.
Lu, a geography and human environmental studies major, said her debating
experience will benefit her greatly when she attends law school after
graduating this May.
“Debate has definitely given me courage to speak in public,”
Whitchurch, a speech and communication studies major, is among 16 students
nationwide, and three from California, named All-American in individual
events by AFA.
“Even though we get awards at every tournament, being named All-American
is special because it is a congratulations, a thank you for the work
we’ve done over the past years,” Whitchurch said. The SFSU
Speech and Debate Team has won many debates and individual events over
the years, including the 2001 National Forensics Association championship
in duo oral interpretation. The team debates particularly well against
prestigious universities, defeating Stanford earlier this year, Dartmouth
last year, and Harvard in 2001.
One of the largest campuses in the 23-campus California State University
system, SFSU was founded in 1899 and today is a highly diverse, comprehensive,
public, urban university.
Contact: Matt Itelson of the SFSU Office of Public
Affairs at (415) 338-1743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.