Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Saddleback’s Speech and Debate Team show impressive tournament results

Posted By CotoBlogzz

Rancho Santa Margarita, , CA-- The Saddleback College Speech and Debate Team added two more  impressive tournament results to its aready illustrious history: 

On February 2-14, the team took a 6th place overall win at the Tabor-Venitsky Tournament held at Cerritos College. 

On February 19-21, the team placed 6th overall at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association Spring Champtionships held at Moorpark College. 

The team placed above defending national champion teams, including Mt. San Antonio College and Moorpark College. Individual student awards are listed below.

Speech student Dante Johnson with Speech Professor Larry Radden

Here are the results:
Spring Championships Tournament, Moorpark College;
 Elyssa Hulse, Scholars Award
Individual Events: 
  1. 2nd Place-Brian Fox, Junior Extemporaneous Speaking
  2. 3rd Place-Elyssa Hulse, Novice Poetry Interpretation
  3. 2nd Place-Micaela Balcaza, Novice Poetry Interpretation
  4. Finalist-Nadiya Dubova, Junior Dramatic Interpretation
  5. 3rd Place, Elyssa Hulse, Senior Communication Analysis
  6. 1st Place, Tyler Kline, Senior Impromptu Speaking
  7. Finalist-Nikki Friedman, Junior Persuasive Speaking
  8. 6th Place-Dante Johnson, Senior Persuasive Speaking
  9. 6th Place-Tyler Kline, Senior Informative Speaking
  10. 2nd Place-Nikki Friedman, After Dinner Speaking
  11. Finalist-Alexander Perkins, After Dinner Speaking
  12. Debate:
  13. Gold Medalist-Sarah Boivin, Novice Parliamentary Debate
  14. Gold Medalist-Jordan Drake, Novice Parliamentary Debate
  15. Top Speaker, Brian Fox, Senior Parliamentary Debate
  16. Top Speaker, Jordan Drake, Novice Parliamentary Debate
  17. Gold Medalist-Tyler Kline, International Public Debate
  18. Gold Medalist-Brian Fox, International Public Debate 

Tabor-Venitsky Tournament, Cerritos College
  1. 3rd Place- Elyssa Hulse, Senior Communication Analysis
  2. 3rd Place-Tyler Kline, Senior Impromptu 
  3. 4th Place-Taylor Stickle, Senior Prose
  4. 3rd Place-Taylor Stickle and Sergio Ochoa, Senior Duo Interpretation
  5. 2nd Place-Sergio Ochoa, Senior Poetry Interpretation 
  6. 5th Place-Nadiya Dubova, Novice Dramatic Interpretation
  7. 6th Place-Nicky Friedman, Novice Dramatic Interpretation
  8. 1st Place-Christopher Russo, Novice Drama Interpretation
  9. Silver Medalist-Jordan Drake, International Public Debate 

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

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