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IVC Speech Team Thrives in October Despite Being Virtual

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The IVC Speech Team finally had a chance to test their skills at their first tournament of the academic year at the 2020 PSCFA Warm-Up Tournament held October 3 - 4. Twenty-four colleges and universities came together to compete at the event with 11 students representing IVC.​ Despite the usual challenges of being virtual, IVC Forensics came out ahead by winning 9 awards in debate, platform speaking, and limited preparation events. Among the most notable awards were the top speaker in Open Informative Speaking and the top speaker in Novice Persuasive Speaking.​

On October 10, the team gave back to the community by participating in a tournament directed by Magnet Learning Academy. The tournament was open to elementary, middle and high school students to compete in Lincoln-Douglas (individual) or Public Forum (team) Debate. IVC Forensics served as judges for the event and provided valuable feedback and speaking tops to the 112 young participants.

On October 11-25 the team participated in an unprecedented event: a completely asynchronous speech tournament. The NCFA Asynchronous Tournament was attended by 15 colleges and universities. IVC competed in persuasive and informative speaking, as well as extemporaneous and impromptu speaking. At the conclusion of the tournament IVC Speech dominated by receiving 6 awards including a 1st place in Senior Persuasive Speaking by Seadona Taloma and a 2nd place in Novice Impromptu Speaking by Gowtham Krishkumar.   

Finally, the team hosted two California Proposition showcase debates. The second of the three-part series covered affirmative action, Proposition 16, while the third discussed Proposition 22 on app-based drivers.   

The team is looking forward to their next events including more tournaments and a public showcase debate with the Rwanda National Debate Team on November 23rd. Those interested in joining the IVC Speech Team are encouraged to contact Jules French at jfrench7@ivc.edu or Bill Neesen at wneesen@ivc.edu.​ 

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