OCC Forensics Students Winners in Intercollegiate Competition

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan – Participants from nine colleges and universities across Michigan recently came to Oakland Community College to participate in a forensic tournament and workshop. The event focused on competitive speech and performance in four categories: Prose Interpretation, Informative Speaking, Impromptu Speaking and Dramatic Interpretation.

Proudly, OCC students took first place in two of the four events:

  • Samantha Wahlman, first place, Prose Interpretation
  • Dovid Roetter, first place, Informative Speaking

Additionally, OCC students Brandon Burnett and Kacey Greaves competed with high marks from a panel of 18 judges. The finishes of all four students placed OCC in second place overall. 

“I am very proud of each of these students and their commitment to expand their learning and growth through state-wide competitions,” said OCC faculty member Carole Bennett. “These events provide vital collegiate experiences for students across the state and OCC continues to be represented year-to-year with exceptional talent, state and regional champions, and future leaders in speech and debate.”

In addition to oral competitions, the event included workshops from 8 instructors representing 7 different colleges state-wide. The free event was open to the public; a number of OCC students and community members attended to watch the team and learn. 

For more information about the Oakland Community College Forensic Team, please contact faculty member Carole Bennett at cabennet@oaklandcc.edu. Bennett is also Executive Director of the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League. 

About Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League

The Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League (MISL) provides college students with competitive public speaking and competitive performance opportunities in order to foster each student’s oratory skills and refine their professional presence.

About OCC

With multi campus system throughout Oakland County, Oakland Community College is committed to providing academic and developmental experiences that allows each student to reach their full potential and enhance the diverse communities they serve. It offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965.


Media Contact: Bridget M. Kavanaugh | Marketing & Communications  | T (248) 341-2020 | bmkavana@oaklandcc.edu