MJC Speech and Debate Team is Northern California Champion
(MODESTO, CA)—The Modesto Junior College Speech and Debate Team capped off their regular competitive season by earning the regional title at theNorthern California Forensics Association (NCFA) Spring Championship tournament held February 21-22 at City College of San Francisco. Several hundred students representing over 25 colleges competed in the annual event.
MJC not only beat out competition from other community colleges, but also achieved more sweepstakes points than any of the four-year universities in attendance. MJC dominated by closing out debate divisions and capturing multiple first place awards in the individual speech events.
“After three grueling days of intensive competition the Modesto squad went home with an impressive haul of awards and honors,” said Ryan Guy, director of speech and debate at MJC. “The Modesto squad has earned the respect and admiration of all the programs in the region. I woke up Monday morning to an inbox full of congratulations and praise for the talent and work ethics of our students.”
Amongst the many trophies won, two MJC students brought home special awards. Tyrus Loveless was presented with the NCFA Student Fellowship award, which honors a student who exemplifies the best traits and qualities of a forensics competitor and is decided by a vote of the students in NCFA programs. James Baugh was honored with the Cynthia Sutherland Top Speaker award, which is given each year to the student who has accumulated the most points across all their events.
The regional win tops a highly successful regular season for the MJC squad, having won team sweepstakes awards at every tournament they attended. The MJC team is now preparing to participate in state and national speech and debate competitions.