Speech and Debate Team Cleans Up
Speech Communication Professor and Forensics Team Coach Todd Guy files this update from Diablo Valley College.
The Modesto Junior College Speech & Debate Team recently competed at their second tournament of their season. On October 19-21 12 students traveled to Diablo Valley College to compete against 24 two and four year colleges and Universities. The team came in second in the Community College sweepstakes. However, most impressive was the team’s second place debate sweepstakes award as they beat out CSU Northridge, CSU Long Beach, San Francisco State, University of the Pacific, UC Berkeley, and many others to reach second behind the University of Reno .
The debate sweepstakes was earned through the Octo-finalist finishes in Open Parliamentary Debate of Saint Mary’s High graduate Wes Vierra and Sierra Valley Charter graduate Daniel Enas, Beyer High graduate Nick Brummel and Ryan Reid, and the Novice Parliamentary Debate Octo-finalist Modesto High graduate Kelly Gay Cearley and Downey High graduate Michael Gonzales. The highest honor went to the debate team of Jacob Macdonald, current Oakdale Charter student, and Amy Scoggins, graduate of Davis High. Amy and Jacob took 2nd place in Novice Parliamentary Debate by going undefeated through the entire tournament until the final round. The final debate awards went to Escalon High graduate Emily Akers with the 8th place speaker award in novice debate, 5th place speaker award in novice debate to Amy Scoggins, and the top speaker award in novice debate went to Jacob Macdonald.
The most celebrated MJC student in Individual Events was Carrie Gendle, graduate of Covenant Christian Academy, with her 1st place finish in Open Impromptu Speaking, 3rd place in Prose Interpretation of Literature, and 1st place in Duo Interp with her partner Enoch’s graduate Aaron Wall. Aaron also brought home a finalist award in Novice Impromptu Speaking. While, Amy Scoggins brought home 2nd place in Novice Impromptu. Wes Vierra also brought home a finalist award in open Impromptu Speaking and Ryan Reid was a finalist in Extemporaneous Speaking. Finally, Nick Brummel brought home 2nd place in Open Persuasive Speaking. With the strong showings in their first two tournaments, big results are expected in the final tournament of the semester November 2-4 at the University of the Pacific.