collecting 18 awards in January, including three gold medals in debate at the
Close to the Coast Speech Tournament at Orange Coast College (OCC), the speech team kicked off the
month of February by hosting the IVC Spring Classic Invitational on February 8th.
This elementary, middle, and high school tournament had over 200 students in
attendance. These young students competed in two different styles of debate while
arguing on the topics of universal basic income and replacing nuclear arsenals.
The IVC Speech Team and fellow communication studies students judged the debate
rounds and provided valuable coaching to the young debaters. The tournament was
a unique opportunity for the elementary, middle, and high school students to be
on IVC’s campus and showcase the school. The team has one more of these
tournaments still to come in May.
of IVC was enjoying time off for President’s Day, the team was participating at
the Tabor-Venitsky Speech Invitational and the Southern California
Lincoln-Douglas Championships held at Cerritos College on February 14th.
Almost 200 students from 19 schools participated at the tournaments. Among the
12 awards bestowed on IVC at the event, newcomer Seadona Taloma took home the
top honors. Seadona beat out her competition and received 1st
place in persuasive speaking for her speech advocating for more protection for
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW).
The most successful tournament of the month was the PSCFA
Spring League Championship Tournament on February 21st-23rd
held at Palomar College. Thirty-one colleges and universities were in
attendance. While most schools that participated were from California, some
universities as far as Virginia and Arizona traveled to compete at the event.
IVC took home an astonishing 29 awards at the tournament. Most notable, Nidhi
Satyadev won a gold medal in individual debate (IPDA) and a gold medal in team
debate (NPDA) with her partner Eilidh Stalker. Seadona Taloma duplicated her
success from the Tabor-Venitsky Speech Invitational by again beating out all of
her competition and receiving 1st place in persuasive speaking.
Forensics, Jules French, stated, “The unique feature about this tournament was
that in addition to the forensics team, the students from the Comm1 Honors
class were also competing. In total they took home 8 trophies including a 1st
place in impromptu speaking, a 2nd and 3rd place in
persuasive speaking, and a 2nd place in extemporaneous speaking. It
was so amazing to see students convert what they learned in the classroom into
trophies!” Collectively, due to all of the accolades received, IVC was awarded
the 1st Place Novice Sweepstakes Award and the 2nd Place
Community College Sweepstakes Award.
In March the IVC Forensics team
will compete at the CCCFA State Championship Tournament in Fresno, California
as well as the Pi Kappa Delta National Championships in San Diego. Those interested
in joining the speech team are encouraged to contact Jules
at email@example.com, or Bill Neesen at firstname.lastname@example.org.