the Irvine Valley College Speech
of its most eventful months.
The month kicked off with
the Mills Speech Invitational at Palomar
College on October 4. Students competed in both impromptu and persuasive
speaking. The former requires students to perform a five-minute speech after
only receiving their topic a mere two minutes prior. The latter requires the
students to deliver a 10-minute, well-researched speech on a socially
significant topic. In the end, seven IVC students advanced to the final round
and received trophies. Most notably, Tina Tang beat out 23 opponents to take first
place in Persuasive Speaking. The total number of awards resulted in IVC
receiving the overall first-place sweepstakes award at the tournament.
Director of Forensics Jules French stated, “The unique feature about the
IVC students at this tournament was that rather than traditional forensics team
students competing, almost every student was from the Comm 1 Honors class. It
was so amazing to see students translate what they learned in the classroom
On October 5, the team hosted the 2019 Irvine Valley College
Fall Classic. This elementary, middle, and high school tournament had over 200
students in attendance. These young students competed in two different styles
of debate throughout the day, while the IVC Speech Team and fellow
communication students judged the debate rounds and provided valuable feedback.
This was an exceptional opportunity to showcase the school and the forensics
program to the elementary, middle, and high school students.
The team went
on to attend two
more tournaments during the month
of October. This included the Crossman Speech
Invitational at El
Camino College on
October 19-20 and the Watson-Lancer
Pasadena City College on October 27. Collectively,
the team brought
home 10 more awards, including the third-place
community college sweepstakes award at the Crossman Speech Invitational.
Next month, the
team will compete at Grossmont College in San Diego and will host an on-campus
debate tournament on November 15. Those interested in joining the speech and
debate team are encouraged to contact Jules French at email@example.com, or Bill
Neesen at firstname.lastname@example.org.