On April 14, the Irvine Valley College (IVC) Speech and Debate Team was awarded double gold at the Phi Rho Pi National Championship Tournament in the Hindman Division in Daytona Beach, Florida. The team was awarded the gold medal in debate sweepstakes and in overall sweepstakes. The Phi Rho Pi National Championship is the largest two-year collegiate forensics organization that hosts 56 community college teams nationwide and over 500 participants. This marks the twelfth occasion that the IVC Speech and Debate Team has been named National Champions.
Katrya Ly and Meaghan Loeffler had a particularly successful tournament. The duo competed in parliamentary debate and went undefeated throughout the entire tournament, winning a gold medal and winning all 12 ballots, beating out nearly 70 other teams. This type of debate requires students to speak on an issue after only receiving the topic 15 minutes prior. The team had the opportunity to debate a plethora of domestic and international topics from gun control and the opioid crisis, to diplomacy and military intervention in Syria.
After the grueling eight-day competition, Meaghan said, “Speech and debate gave me a voice and a platform that I never even knew I had previously. It has been hands down the best decision that I have made here at Irvine Valley College.”
The IVC Forensics team will compete at one more tournament this season April 28-29 at Grossmont College. Those interested in joining the speech teamareencouraged to contact Jules French at 949-451-5329 o firstname.lastname@example.org, or Bill Neesenat 949-451-5235 or email@example.com.