Sunday, March 02, 2014

Saddleback’s Speech and Debate Team Competes at Liesel Reinhart Pacific Spring Championships

By CotoBlogzz

 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA-- The Saddleback Speech and Debate team competed at Liesel Reinhart Pacific Spring Championships in Moorpark, California on February 21-23, 2014. The tournament drew over 37 colleges and universities including Concordia University, Cal State Long Beach, and San Diego State University. Saddleback College placed fifth overall in sweeps and second overall in the Novice Division. 

Members of the Speech and Debate Team performing at Happening/Unhappening 4
L-R:  Dennis Meador, Jordan Kay, Katie Rochefort, Melissa Armstrong, Kellie Wobst
Photographer: Ken Kinder

 “The Saddleback Speech and Debate team gave an amazing team effort at this tournament through hard work of the coaches and students. We now have a balanced team and are ready for Nationals,” Coach Lucas Ochoa said. 

Speech Results:
1st Place: Open Programmed Oral Interpretation-Dennis Meador 
1st Place: Junior Programmed Oral Interpretation- Danny Roy 
1st Place Novice Extemporaneous Speaking: Veronica Collins 

2nd Place Novice Extemporaneous Speaking: Sam Hall 

6th Place Open Impromptu: Michael Bailey 
Finalist Novice Impromptu: Ken Caradang 

2nd Place Open Dramatic Interpretation: Scott Lankford 

Finalist Junior Prose: Katie Rochefort 
Finalist Junior Prose: Melissa Armstrong

Finalist Novice Prose: Julianna Hansen 

Finalist Novice Drama: Pegha Katouzian
Finalist Novice Drama: Michelle Hardy 

Debate Results: 
Gold Medal Junior Debate: Michael Prince
Gold Medal Junior Debate: Tyler Kline
6th Speaker: Michael Prince
2nd Speaker: Tyler Prince
Silver Medal Novice Debate: Patrick Leahy
Silver Medal Novice Debate: Veronica Collins
5th Speaker: Patrick Leahy

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. On the forensics team, students write, rehearse, and perform at 6-7 tournaments against students from Universities and Community Colleges to qualify for the national tournament. The students representing Saddleback at the national tournament have placed above several competitors representing institutions throughout the year, including: Concordia University, Point Loma, California State University, Los Angeles, California State University, Long Beach, and UCLA.
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 and for Fine Arts information, please visit

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