MJC Speech and Debate Team Takes Talk To Heart


Don’t miss Speech Night performances at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9th in the Performing and Media Arts Center Main Auditorium.  Award winning speakers will take over the stage with titillating talk and decadent debate.

The Modesto Junior College Speech & Debate Team recently competed at their first speech tournament of the season. September 28-30, 15 students traveled to San Francisco State University to compete in 5 of 14 different events. The team came in 2nd overall out of 26 two and four year California, Nevada and Texas colleges and universities. Tweleve MJC students brought home awards and several of those students brought home multiple awards.

Emily Akers, graduate of Escalon High, brought home 1st place in After Dinner Speaking and was an Octofinalist in Novice Parliamentary Debate with her partner Montana Webb, Enochs High graduate. Also, taking first place honors was Jacob Macdonald, current Oakdale Charter student, in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking and Kelly Gay Cearley, graduate of Modesto High, in Novice Impromptu.

Taking multiple Awards were Nickolas Brummel, graduate from Beyer High, who received 3rd place in Open Extemporaneous, Open Impromptu, and Open Persuasive Speaking. Ryan Reid, a transplant from Kansas, brought home finalist awards in Open Impromptu, Extemporaneous and an Octofinalist Award in Open Parliamentary Debate with his partner Daniel Enas. Daniel Enas, Sierra Valley Charter graduate, also received a prestigious 6th place Speaker Award in Open Parliamentary Debate. With this reward Daniel was placed below 5 university speakers with no community college debaters anywhere near his placing. He scored more speaker points than either of the 2 open debaters who won the tournament in team competition.

Jacob Holleman took 15th place in Open Parliamentary Debate Speaker Awards while also taking 2nd place in Extemporaneous Speaking. Finally, Jade Ollivierre, Downey High graduate, took home 2nd place in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking and 13th place Speaker Award in Novice Parliamentary Debate.

Other award winners were Alyse Klapperich, Sierra High graduate, and Seth Mitchel Bassett, graduate of Big Valley High, as Quarterfinalists in Novice Parliamentary Debate and Jacob Morrow, graduate of Turlock High, was a finalist in Open Extemporaneous Speaking. This was the team’s strongest showing ever at this tournament and is a strong indication of how well these students should do throughout the 2012-2013 Forensics season. Congrats to all of the students and to team coach Todd Guy.


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