IVC News > November 30, 2018

Speech and Debate Takes First in Sweepstakes


Beating out 18 other schools, the IVC Speech and Debate Team took home first place in sweepstakes at the Crossman Invitational held on October 13 and 14. Competitors came from as far away as Chicago, IL for the tournament, which was hosted at El Camino College in Torrance, CA.

Nearly 40 IVC students competed at the tournament, scooping up 19 awards in debate, public address, and limited preparation events. The large medal haul gave IVC enough points to beat out every other school at the competition to take home the coveted top prize.

At the Griffin Invitational speech tournament at Grossmont College on November 17 and 18, IVC debaters took home gold and silver. The debate team of Adrian Beunder and Stefan Forschner, won a gold medal in National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) and solo-debater Cody Herman took the silver medal in International Public Debate Association (IPDA).

Both styles of debate require the students to construct their arguments after receiving the topic a mere 20 minutes in advance. Collectively, the medalists debated for 12 rounds over the course of the tournament.  

"Speech and Debate has allowed me to use my knowledge of the world and explore how to effectively change major problems facing society," Cody Herman said. "Given the current political climate, developing my public speaking skills is key to effectively advocating for the change I wish to see in the world."

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In total, 19 colleges and universities attended the tournament with some traveling as far as Northwestern University in Illinois. In total 22 IVC students brought home 21 trophies in the categories of debate, persuasive speaking, extemporaneous and informative speaking.

“Debate has allowed me to think critically about divisive areas of policy and philosophy,” said Speech and Debate Team member John Cho. “Actively listening to opposing views has really opened my eyes and at the same time deepened my own understanding of our policies in the status quo.”

IVC Speech and Debate team participates in dozens of competitions each year. Additional competitions from recent months include:

The 4th Annual Gary Rybold Free NPDA Tournament, September 28

Begun four years ago, and named in honor of the former director of the IVC Speech and Debate team, the Gary Rybold Tournament is completely free for students and school participants, in order to provide more access and opportunities for schools to engage in competitions. Six schools and 56 competitors participated this year, and IVC took home 11 of the 32 awards. 

IVC Fall Classic Speech Invitational, October 6

IVC, along with Magnet Learning Academy, hosts this annual event for elementary, middle school, and high school students to compete in two styles of debate. Over 40 IVC students served as judges for the event and provided mentorship, advice and encouragement to the 180 young participants who represented 14 schools and after-school programs in the region.

“It was a great experience to see IVC students using their critical thinking skills and providing such valuable feedback for the young debaters,” said Co-Director of Forensics Jules French. “It was also an excellent opportunity to show off our campus and program to potential exceptional students.”

Watson-Lancer Speech Invitational, October 27-28

Seventeen community colleges from Southern California and Arizona were in attendance. IVC Forensics students were able to successfully win in debate, public address, and limited preparation events and took home another 7 trophies.

Robert Barbera Collegiate Forensics Invitational, November 3-4

At the tournament hosted by California State University, Northridge and attended by 24 colleges and universities throughout California, Utah, and Arizona, IVC Forensics won four individual awards in both debate and informative speaking, and advancing two parliamentary debate teams into elimination rounds. Students took on a plethora of topics including prison reform, space development, Russia, the UN Security Council, and reforming California’s infrastructure.  

Next month, the team will be finishing the fall semester competing at the PSCFA Fall Championship Tournament at Mt. San Antonio College.

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