Sunday, October 23, 2011

Saddleback Speech & Debate Team Places Third in CA Tournament

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Mission Viejo, CA – The Saddleback Speech & Debate  earned a third place trophy overall and second in individual events at the California Double-Up held at Concordia University in Irvine on October 14-16, 2011. 

The California Double-Up, a tough tournament, attracts competitive schools including Western Kentucky University (2010 National Champions), Arizona State University, Rice University, and Mt. San Antonio College. Heidi Ochoa stated, “It is with great pride, that the coaches share with the Saddleback Community that our squad, which is comprised of students who are new to the world of Speech and Debate, is holding their own and exhibiting more promise than any other team that we have worked with,” said coach Heidi Ochoa

And the winners are:

Novice Informative:
Yamah Karim              7th Place
Thomas Ward              6th Place
Madison Dixson          5th Place
Keegan Knappert        4th Place
Michelle Spadaro        3rd Place
Emily Hanson             2nd Place

Novice Persuasive:
Anneke Pyle                4th Place
Brooke Howell            1st Place

Novice Dramatic Interpretation:
Lorissa Marsh              2nd Place
*Derek Demerjian       1st Place
*Derek “picket-fenced” the entire tournament, which means he was awarded winner in every round that he competed in at the tournament.

Novice Impromptu Speaking:
Jason Brewer               4th Place

The Saddleback Forensics Team started in the 1970s and prides itself on offering students the ability to create innovative arguments for future writing and speaking engagements to strengthen their critical thinking skills, and to better communicate with others.

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visit www.saddleback.eduand for Fine Arts information, please visit  

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