In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, BUnow recently teamed with BU’s chapter of Autism Speaks and Alpha Sigma Tau to raise money and awareness for this complex disorder of brain development.

The fundraiser, “Pieces for Hope,” asked students to decorate a blank puzzle piece for $1, which were then pieced together as one collaborative message of support, hope and awareness of autism and for those who struggle with the spectrum disorder. All proceeds were donated to Autism Speaks.


Albra Wheeler and Jacqueline Whitman, two gender studies students, recently presented research papers at The Multiple Faces of Activism: Feminism in the 21st Century conference at the University of Akron, which was open to undergraduate and graduate students from several states.

Wheeler’s paper, “The Wonderbra: Oppression vs. Liberation in a Patriarchal Society," traces the evolvement of modern brasseries and looks at the bra through historical and feminist perspectives and aims to establish whether the “Wonderbra” signifies submission to or emancipation from the patriarchal society.

Whitman’s paper, "Womanhouse: Opening the Closed Door," is a study of three bathrooms, “Nightmare Bathroom,” “Lipstick Bathroom,” and “Menstruation Bathroom,” which symbolically represent the anguish women endure in their private lives.

Both students are recipients of the Student Professional Development Awards from the College of Liberal Arts.

Additionally, Wheeler won the Emerging Scholar Award, given to a conference presenter by the Committee for Research on Women and Gender of the University of Akron in recognition of a student who displays exemplary scholarship. This award also recognizes a student with a demonstrated commitment to women’s and gender issues.


Having never traveled outside the country, Madalyn Goss made sure her first-ever international trip was worthwhile. This Political Science major, who is also pursuing a Middle East Studies minor, spent two weeks this winter studying in Saudi Arabia through a fellowship she earned through the Bloomsburg University Model Arab League, participating in the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations conventions.

Goss was among 10 selected students for this prestigious program, which extends beyond the two-week study abroad experience. Participants also engage in a variety of activities back home after their time in Saudi Arabia speaking on their experience, presenting public lectures and writing articles reflecting on their new perspective of Saudi Arabia and Middle East culture.

Bridget Klein, instructor of exceptionality programs, ASL and deaf culture, was recently chosen to display a piece of her artwork, “Free Spirit,” at the Dyer Arts Center at National Technical Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of Technology.

De ‘VIA is short for Deaf View / Image Arts. Viva DeVIA was an exhibition celebrating 25 years since the birth of DeVIA. In 1989 eight Deaf artists gathered for a four day workshop. There they collaborated on the De’VIA manifesto, defining Deaf culture art that represents Deaf artists along with their perceptions based on their Deaf experiences. 

“Speech therapy is all about control and precision. Growing up in speech therapy I felt my spirit was constricted and I lacked freedom. This photo represents my personal revolution against the constraints of speech therapy, the controlled, gentle breathing is exchanged for the wild and carefree beauty of using every ounce of air in my lungs to scatter milkweed seeds and sow my freedom in the earth,” - Bridget Klein.


A homegrown interactive application has come to Bloomsburg University’s website, giving real-time readings of electric power usage across lower campus.

This new online feature, developed this past spring by a group of computer science majors, has replaced the Lucid Dashboard program on the Solar Energy Educational Kiosk outside of Ben Franklin Hall as one of its four operating programs. In addition, a Live Electric Power meter has been added to the Today page, displaying real-time utility data for lower campus.

“It was gratifying to do something from scratch, especially something for a web interface,” said Collin Shoop ’15, who served as the project lead. “A project like this requires a lot of planning and collaboration. The interdisciplinary experience we gained from this will be very marketable.”

The Green Power application features a rotation of tips for sustainability, a widget to display real-time electric power and graphs to showcase power and energy use for several campus buildings.  According to the group, the application can be scaled to include all buildings with online meters.

“It’s really the first project we - as computer science majors - were able to work on in a group,” Tom Brannan ’15 said. “Pretty much most software projects are done like this in the real world. You won’t be able to do things like this on your own. You’ll need to rely on others to help you complete the process.”

The students worked with Ned Greene, professor of physics and engineering technology. Greene is among the faculty leaders working with the Green Campus Initiative to develop energy-saving strategies for the university, which included the program development and installation of the solar kiosk two years ago.

Greene met with the students weekly, working collaboratively through each phase. One of the key goals was to establish a baseline for other student groups to add new features and further develop the Huskies Green Power application, according to Chris Rupert ’15.

“This project gave us a very realistic look at what many us will be doing in our careers,” Laura Peiffer ’15 said. “I gained confidence, because I now know I’ll be able to use these behind-the-scene skills in the real world. It seemed like all of our computer science teaching came together in this one project.”

Samantha Fitzgerald ’15 added, “This project really expanded on what we have learned for four years in the classroom. It also feels good to do something that will provide a benefit to others.”

Collaborative Student-Faculty Projects

The Huskies Green Power project was just one of several other collaborative projects for the computer science program this past year. Others included:

  • Class Waiting Lists Project – Web application to help chairs manage waiting lists for their classes. This web application allows chairs an automated means to manage waiting lists of students who would like to take classes in their department. The previous process was time consuming and required most of the tasks to be completed by hand.
  • Solar Tracker Project – Improvements to the program that runs the Solar Energy Educational Kiosk. This web application allows students to learn about solar energy and position a solar panel to achieve maximum power from sunlight.
  • General Education Checklist Project – Web application to help faculty determine if a student has satisfied our new general education requirements. It allows faculty to see what goals remain unfilled and what courses would fit into those goals. It does so in a graphically pleasing manner, using colors to quickly communicate a student’s status.

A group of Bloomsburg University students participated in the 2016 Model European Union simulation hosted this spring by the University of Pittsburgh.

The undergraduate Model European Union is an annual event that gives students a chance to learn about the workings of the European Union through preparation for and participation in a hands-on two-day simulation.

Model EU enhances students’ understanding of the issues and challenges facing the 28 member nations of the EU. Awards are given to the most effective delegations and best individual position papers.

Undergraduate Model EU Awardees

Best Big EU Member State Delegations

  • First Place — France Laura Hoffer and Sarah Wolinsky, Duquesne University
  • Second Place — United Kingdom Shyer Amin and Emma Holland, Bloomsburg University

Best Small EU Member State Delegations

  • First Place — Slovakia Sebastian Narvaez Medina and Luke Stegeman, Duquesne University
  • Second Place — Greece Jeffrey Wainwright, University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown
  • Third Place — Portugal Steven Jackson, University of Pittsburgh – Bradford

Position Paper

  • Best Overall — Italy Caitlin Davis and Travis Strnisa, Duquesne University

Participating students (L-R): Justice Powlus, Kim Martin, Thomas Weber, Shyer Amin, Emma Holland and Iliana Anapolsky. 

Making a Change, One Movement at a Time! Bloomsburg University’s newly established student organization, The Movement, has spent this past school year promoting creative arts across campus. As a dance troupe of committed, energized and passionate students, The Movement thrives on the facets of art and desire to “spread the love” to you.

Taught by renowned choreographers - Laurieann Gibson, VMA-winning choreographer and Emmy-nominated director, and Ian Eastwood, choreographer and dancer on DanceOn’s Dance Showdown and MTV’s “Return of the Superstars” - The Movement offers the ability to choreograph, teach and perform for its fellow Huskies.

Join us! We host dance classes every Friday at 5 p.m. in the dance studio at Centennial Hall 134. (L-R) Tyhera Johnson, Daryl Gatewood, Corey Webb, Dreland Goar and Shaakirah Bradshaw.


Delta Phi Epsilon, in a collaborative effort with the Women’s Resource Center, helped spread awareness about anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, cachexia, compulsive exercising and other related eating disorders through several events across campus in recognition of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 23 to March 1.

  • Trash Your Insecurities – Throw your negative self talk in the garbage! Donate your extra change and write down what you want to do to “Change your life.” Pick up a purple ribbon to support awareness of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.
  • Be-you-tiful You Day – Find sticky notes on bathroom mirrors and tell us one thing that’s beautiful about you!
  • Why you’re better than Barbie Day – Write down all the reason why you are better than stereotypical views and encourage positive body image.
  • Let’s bitch about it – Gather around in the Multicultural Center to watch clips from the media portraying negative body image and let’s bash them!
  • That’s a wrap – Let’s wrap up things by displaying the achievements over the past week to encourage the future of positive body image.

Lacy Marbaker, a recent anthropology graduate with a 4.0 GPA, recently received the XL National Lambda Alpha Scholarship and a Charles R. Jenkins Certificate of Distinguished Achievement from Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honor Society in anthropology. This highly competitive $5,000 award recognizes the nation’s top graduating senior in anthropology as selected by the national executive committee.

This fall, Marbaker will begin her graduate studies in biomedical anthropology at Binghamton University. In her quest to further knowledge in anthropology, she participated in a fully funded research opportunity through Bloomsburg University’s Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (URSCA) program in the areas of forensic anthropology and forensic taphonomy.

Her study, “The Effects of Susquehanna River Water Pollution on Decomposition of Sus scrofa domesticus: An Application of Forensic Anthropology,” examined the type and rate of decomposing human remains in polluted water against the same effects in purified water. This unique research marks the first scientific study of contaminated water on human remains and has been showcased at numerous conferences such as the PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Research Conference.

It also received second place overall at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Research Conference.

Furthermore, this anthropological research conducted through an URSCA grant mentored by Faith Warner and Conrad Quintyn, fostered her interest in skeletal analysis, bone preparation, human DNA analysis, and medicolegal investigation and will be her main focus of study in graduate school. Her professional goal is to complete her doctoral degree in biological/forensic anthropology and ultimately work in the federal medicolegal sector.


Andy Rector, a digital forensics major, capped the fall semester by finishing within the top 10 percent in the world in the DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge - a 10-month international competition with civilian and corporate competitors, as well as students, that featured varying levels of digital forensics challenges. Rector placed 21st out of 317 teams, and was fourth among undergraduates, while individually representing Bloomsburg University as his own team.

The competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, was conducted online with multi-level exercises from novice to expert to developer. Teams were asked to solve 26 scenario-based exercises through investigative forensics tools, techniques and methodologies.

Among the exercises:

  • Image hashing
  • Compound file analysis
  • Encrypted device image
  • File level encryption
  • HPA data recovery

To close out the spring semester and transition into the summer session, group of students from Bloomsburg University’s Department of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences had the educational experience of a lifetime.  

EGGS 330 – Special Topics in Field Geology is designed to give students an opportunity to observe a wide variety of earth processes, apply their knowledge, and reinforce skills in geological observation and interpretation. By participating in this intense, immersive, field-based course, students got a first-hand encounter with the geology and environmental issues of Southern California and the western United States.

The first four days of class took place on campus in Bloomsburg, where the 14 students researched two assigned topics and prepared a poster and write-up/hand-out for each. They then headed west on day five, led by faculty Jennifer Whisner, Cynthia Venn and Benjamin Franek.  

After flying into Santa Ana, Calif., students and faculty left for 11 days along the coast:

  • from Long Beach to San Onofre State Beach
  • east to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in the mountains near Julian
  • further east to the deserts and oases of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Joshua Tree National Park
  • the Salton Sea and Imperial Dunes to the south
  • north to more recent volcanic features at Amboy Crater and the Cima Volcanic Field
  • and then west to see Rainbow Basin and other geologic wonders before crossing the San Andreas Fault and the San Bernardino Mountains.  

Students were challenged physically and mentally: roughing it at rustic campsites; climbing on some of the world-famous rocks in Joshua Tree; scrambling up a 1.5 mile trail to a beautiful palm oasis in Anza-Borrego State Park in 90+ temperatures; honing their skills in recording observations and notes in their field notebooks, and teaching each other about the geologic hazards and environmental problems of Southern California. 

At the same time, they learned about the history of mining in California and even got to pan for gold and search mine tailings for gem quality tourmalines on their 1,700-mile trek.  

This course, recently developed by the EGGS department, with support from the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Center, is about more than just geology and environmental issues.

Students learn how to set up and take down camp, how to work as part of an effective team, how to cultivate a positive attitude in the face of adverse circumstances, how to show initiative in identifying and then doing what needs to be done, how to deal with personalities unlike one’s own, and how to have fun in the great outdoors even without a cell phone signal.  

Each student had opportunities to show off their hard-won academic knowledge, giving the lecture at two stops while faculty displayed the accompanying posters.  Each student also made significant improvements in the quality of their field notebook – a personal record of their observations, interpretations, and activities, and an indispensable tool for field investigations.

In their final synthesis paper, nearly every student noted that actually seeing mile-high mountains, volcanoes, earthquake scars, picturesque landscapes shaped by wind and erosion, and irrigation and water-hungry golf courses in the most water-starved part of the U.S. helped them to better understand concepts they had discussed in previous classes, and to better grasp the scale of features they had seen in textbook diagrams (and in the second Star Wars movie).

It is not uncommon for college students to embark on a road trip for spring break. It is, however, when they head away from the beach and in a delivery truck.

That’s just what Vince Phan, president of Bloomsburg University’s Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, and Abu Kaba, a member of BU’s African Student Association, are doing this weekend.

Vince Phan’s Journey

After collecting more than 60 cases of water for the citizens of Flint, Mich., this past week, the two student leaders are making sure their campus water drive collection will be hand delivered.

“We chose to help Flint, because it was a crisis in our own country,” said Phan, also president of BU’s Student United Way. “Also, what the people in Flint are going through isn’t something you could say we can live without. Water is a very much needed necessity for us as humans to have in life.”

Students Donate Bottled Water to Help Flint Crisis — WNEP TV Report

Flint’s water supply has been a national news story for the past year since high levels of lead were discovered, traced to river water’s corrosion of old pipes. Much of its roughly 102,000 citizens has since been advised by government officials to avoid using unfiltered tap water for drinking, cooking or bathing due to potential contamination — thus a growing need for bottled water.

“The importance of this cause is that we sometimes have to get out of our daily routine, and realize we sometimes takes things for granted,” Phan said. “Things such as water. We use water every day to cook, clean, bathe and drink. Right now somewhere in our own country a whole community lost that basic necessity.”


For art history and studio majors, the Senior Exit Show is a milestone achievement. The show, which takes place each semester prior to graduation, features lectures by the students, as well as a look into where the artists hope to take their work and aspirations into the world after leaving Bloomsburg University.

Alicia Pucci, senior art history major with minors in anthropology and studio art, looks forward to continuing her education upon graduation by entering a master’s program in Art History at Temple University-Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. 

“I hope to receive my doctorate in Modern and Contemporary Art History with an eventual goal to teach at the collegiate level,” Pucci said. “As an active member of the Bloomsburg Honors Program, this will be my second time presenting my research on Cy Twombly.”

Pucci, who first presented her research at an Intercollegiate Art History Symposium at Bucknell University earlier this month, is grateful for the preparation and guidance her professors at BU have provided her with on giving formal research presentations.

“Prior to the show, I spent time collaborating with my art history advisor, Professor Nogin Chung, on how to approach my presentation. If I am able to educate and leave my audience with an intriguing appreciation of artist, Cy Twombly, then my goal as a presenter and promoter of art history will have been achieved.” Pucci said.

When asked how BU has properly prepared her for future success in her career, Pucci explained that her attraction to BU originally stemmed from its art and art history department.

I was impressed by the refreshing passion and knowledge that its professors possess and their dedication to the future success of every student who they take under their wing. Looking back on my years as a student, I was guided and inspired by experts in their field from every department,” Pucci said. “They continually challenged and instilled in me that every step I took in my academic career would lead to my goal in making my dream profession a reality.”

Nicole Updegrove, senior art studio and psychology major with a concentration in photography, also plans to continue working towards furthering her education by earning her masters of arts in art therapy and counseling at Drexel University this fall.

In preparation for the exit show, Updegrove had to narrow down which of her photographs she wanted to print, matte, and frame for the display.

My four photographs in the senior exit show, which will be displayed on the second floor of Centennial Hall, will showcase some of the images I captured on a recent study abroad trip to China, along with my experiences this semester spent on an Independent Study.”

For Updegrove, her experiences combined with her skilled professors have done an incredible job preparing her for her future.

— Rachael Scicchitano, senior communication studies major

To be a global citizen you have to be aware of respecting others cultures, religion and beliefs. That is what Kate Seravalle does in Bloomsburg University’s Model Arab League.

“It’s good to be aware of global issues that are happening around us,” said Seravalle, senior speech-language pathology/audiology major and Middle East studies minor. “It inhibits us from jumping to conclusions about people. It makes you want to be proactive and a better person.”

Seravalle explains that being in the Model United Nations, Arab League, or European Union makes you a multifaceted person.  It not only helps you become more involved in world news, but it also adds a bit more to your resume that not every student has, she says.

“Being in Model Arab League it has helped me meet a lot of unique and intriguing people,” Seravalle said. “I was intimidated to join at first because there were many international students involved, but they became my good friends.”

She added, “This club has given me more than good friendships it has given me; research skills, leadership skills, and the ability to collaborate with others.”

Seravalle suggests getting involved as early as possible. Start by keeping up with recent news and get the new from different sources.

After being involved in the club there are conferences they go to mostly in the Washington DC area. There they verse multiple schools where each school and model is given a country and then they have to address problems by coming up with solutions that will work for all countries.

“Only a few Pennsylvania schools go to these conferences, so it felt good to up against DC schools,” Seravelle said. “At first I was apprehensive, because of the lack of knowledge I had, but I encourage people to go outside their comfort zone. Being in Model Arab League it has taught me how to be comfortable being uncomfortable. It also makes you grow as a person because you realize everyone at the conference is in the same boat as you are.” 

— Samantha Gross, sophomore telecommunications major

This past fall, a group Bloomsburg University business students left their mark on the International Collegiate SalesCompetition at Florida State University, including one marketing major who was among the top performers.

Monica Favia, assistant professor of marketing, had her Principles of Selling class participate in a role-play for their final project on campus, and whoever did the best advanced to the sales competition in Florida. The sales team ended up placing ninth, while Amanda Leshko competing in the individual role-play, landed in the “Sweet Sixteen.“

Leshko’s first event at the competition was a role-play of selling Tom James, a high-end suit company. This was a hypothetical situation of her to try to sell the product to CEO’s and managers of different companies, sometimes even to the company you are selling about.

There is a rubric they have to follow in order to get the points needed to move on to the next round, and Leshko did just that. She made it through the first round and then through the second.

Now she has 15 minuets to find out information of the next company before her presentation. Although she did not make it past the third round it was a truly great accomplishment to make it into the “Sweet Sixteen.”

According to Leshko, being a marketing major I really didn’t know what to expect.

“It helped me build on skills such as; being a sales person, honing in on listening skills, negotiation, and building a trustful relationship with the customer,” Leshko said.

From this competition Leshko has numerous job interviews. She was able to meet with companies and go to a job fair to make the connections she needs before graduating.

“Students in general no matter what major they are in would really benefit from any type of competition,“ Leshko said. "Because it not only gives them the practice they need but also the opportunity to make connections with people and companies.”

— Samantha Gross, sophomore telecommunications major

Members of Bloomsburg University’s Model Arab League (MAL) recently attended the Capital Area Regional Model in Washington, D.C. They represented the Sultanate of Oman and visited the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, where they met with the Ambassador, the Cultural Attache and several other Embassy officials.

The team won a Distinguished Delegation Award, while Eric Pangelinan, Amel Elsheakh, and Shyer Amin won Outstanding Delegate Awards for their representation on the Joint Defense Council and Joint Crisis Committee respectively.

MAL is a student leadership program where students learn, research, debate issues related to the Arab World. Members: Kimberly Martin, Paige Stanley, Rachel Green, Eric Pangelinan, Amel Elsheakh, Thomas Weber, Chad Haney, Dan Pagana, Sadman Mondalib, Shyer Amin, Timothy Shaw, Alexandra Ziegler, Haleigh McDonald, and Emma Holland.

On average, 1.7 million people will be diagnosed this year due to breast cancer. With more research, there are hopes to stop the spread of this disease completely.

The loss of a grandmother, mother, or loved one is never an easy thing to get through. Most people who have experienced this type of loss due to breast cancer, are not alone. Madelyn Rodriguez, director of Multicultural Affairs, has had her own experience with losing someone to this disease.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is holding the 13th Annual Breast Cancer 5K Walk/Run. Raising awareness for cancer and other diseases is not a new thing here at Bloomsburg University. This year will mark another walk that Rodriguez has organized on campus.

According to Rodriguez raising awareness for breast cancer research is her passion. The walk is in remembrance of the lives that have been taken by cancer.

“It is important to help those that are survivors and remember those whom have left us.” Rodriguez said, “It is important to realize that breast cancer is something that affects not only the person who has been diagnosed but all their friends, family, and loved ones.”

In the past year, the annual walk/run raised about $12,000 and pulled in 600 participants according to Rodriguez. She hopes to have students, and the Bloomsburg community come together this fall and raise awareness.

Registration on the day of the event will begin at 11:00 a.m. The race is to start at 1p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 at the Student Rec Center.

— Lydia Jenkins, mass communications major

Zhaoning Yang, a mathematics major, finished in the top 12 percent of the 4,440 students from 572 institutions in the United States and Canada who participated in the 2011 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.

Although the maximum possible score is 120; the top score on the exam was 91, and only 65 students scored 40 or greater.

Yang scored 12, placing him in the top 532 contestants representing institutions including like MIT, Harvard, Cal Tech, Stanford and Princeton.


To kick off the summer a group of students from Bloomsburg University's Department of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences spent three weeks in California‘s Mojave Desert. The adventurous learning experience was a part of the department’s new Special Topics in Field Geology course — designed to give students an opportunity to observe a wide variety of earth processes, apply their knowledge and reinforce skills in geological observation and interpretation. 

By participating in this intense, field-based course, 13 students got a first-hand encounter with the geology and environmental issues of the western United States. Led by faculty Chris Whisner, Jennifer Whisner and Cynthia Venn, the group roughed it at rustic campsites, grilled trout caught in mountain streams, worked on field notebooks until late in the evening and endured rain, snow, hail and 116-degree heat.

At the same time, the group said it marveled at the mining impacts, stunning geology, and complex water resource issues they encountered on their 1,800-mile trek.  

Each student had opportunities to show off their knowledge through lecturing at two stops, while faculty displayed the accompanying posters. Other highlights:

  • several sites at Mono Lake, Owen’s Lake, LA Aqueduct, Hoover Dam, Ash Meadows showcased many of the ideas students studied in Water Resources Management and Ground Hydrology
  • students were assigned to sketch an unfamiliar landscape and identify as many features as they could, based on the trip. Most students were able to pick out most of the features (fault scarps and fault-block mountains, volcanoes, alluvial fans, stream-carved valleys, springs, glacial features, intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks, and sedimentary rocks) from their viewpoint across the valley.

According to Jennifer Whisner, up until that point the student didn’t really realize how much they had learned in the week or so they’d been out there!

In their final synthesis paper, nearly every student noted that actually seeing mile-high mountains, volcanoes, earthquake scars, picturesque landscapes carved by alpine glaciers and rushing water, and irrigation in one of the most water-starved parts of the U.S. helped them better understand concepts they had discussed in class, and better grasp the scale of features they had seen only in textbook diagrams.

Bloomsburg University’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team recently placed third out of 10 schools at the CFA Harold Cox Speech and Debate Tournament at Wilkes University.  All five of the BU student competitors won speaking awards.

  • Joshua Hooks - first, Impromptu Speaking

  • Arrista Voorhees second, Communication Analysis; fourth,  informative Speaking; seventh, impromptu Speaking
Jayleen Alvarado: sixth, Persuasive speaking; sixth, Informative Speaking; fifth, Dramatic Duo with Anna Scott

  • Anna Scott - fifth, Persuasive Speaking , fifth, Dramatic Duo with Jayleen Alvarado

  • John Munchel – third, Single Dramatic Interpretation, fourth, Extemporaneous Speaking, sixth, Impromptu Speaking

Harry C. “Neil” Strine, Director of Forensics, served as a Speech and Debate Judge and ran the Extemporaneous Speaking Preparation room at the tournament. 

(L-R) Neil Strine, Arrista Voorhees, Anna Scott, John Munchel, Jayleen Alvarado and Joshua Hooks.