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CSI Forensics Brings Home Bronze In Both Speech and Debate

Release Date: Tuesday 2022-04-12

Twin Falls, ID, April 12, 2022– The CSI Speech and Debate team finished its competitive season earning bronze in both competitive categories at the Phi Rho Pi national tournament. Contributing sweepstakes points to the team’s results were Amy Madrid (freshman, Gooding) who earned silver in individual debate, Evy Jones (sophomore, Hansen) who earned bronze in individual debate, and Olivia George (freshman, Idaho Falls) who earned bronze in extemporaneous speaking.

Amy Madrid was also selected by her fellow 86 competitors as the Lynch-Grossman award winner. This singular honor indicates her fellow competitors recognize Madrid as representing the finest qualities of intercollegiate forensics, both as the most outstanding debater and as most collegial competitor.

“This recognition means more to me than all the other awards this season” – Amy Madrid.

Phi Rho Pi was organized in 1929 to provide a national, comprehensive tournament for community college forensics students. CSI joined in 1972, and under the direction of Dr. Fran Tanner, quickly earned national prominence. This year there were 44 schools bringing more than 500 participants. Adding to the team’s success were points earned by Jack Clifford, Elizabeth Newland, Josie McDonald, Mandi Hesby, Jeremy Wallace, and Kaden Senkbeil.

This tournament marks the end of another wonderful season of competitive and educational success. In addition to the recognition from Phi Rho Pi, the CSI Forensics team earned community college division season-long sweepstakes, taking 3rd place for the Individual Public Debate Association, and 3rd place in the Northwest Forensics Conference. The team would like to thank the faculty, staff, and students at College of Southern Idaho for their continued support. If you would like more information about this tournament or CSI Forensics, please contact Andy Orr at or call 208-732-6776.