MJC Forensics Team in Reno NV


“3 in a Row” MJC Speech & Debate Continues Winning Streak

            (MODESTO, CA 10/23/17)— The Modesto Junior College Speech & Debate team continued their winning streak this past weekend in Reno, NV.  This was their third tournament of the season. MJC students competed in debate, platform speaking, oral interpretation, and limited preparation events to win major sweepstakes awards in two categories: First Place Individual Events Sweepstakes and First Place Overall Sweepstakes. Individual competitors earn sweepstakes points when they break into final rounds. This is the third consecutive tournament at which the team has won first place. Fourteen students traveled with the team and brought home nineteen awards.

The students earned medals in Limited-Preparation events. This includes Impromptu Speaking. In the novice division, Victor Lumidao and Sabrinna Gonzales took finalist awards. In the open division, Kaylee Inman took first place.

The students took awards in Platform events. These memorized speeches include Persuasive, Informative, Communication Analysis, and After Dinner Speaking. In open Persuasion, Cristian Vasquez was a finalist, Jordain Johnson took third place, and Gonzales took second place. In open After Dinner Speaking, Austin Castro was a finalist. In open Informative, Bailey Coleman took first place. In open Communication Analysis, Coleman also took first place.

Competitors won awards in Oral Interpretation events. This includes Poetry and Programmed Oral Interp. Inman took a finalist award in open Programmed Oral Interp. Justin Dolenar was a finalist in open Poetry.

MJC students also demonstrated their skills in Parliamentary debate. In novice, Ryan Teese and Vasquez took Octofinalist awards. In open, Sean Cox-Marcellin and Abel Zambrano took Quarterfinalist awards. Students are also recognized for high speaker points separate from their win-loss record. Vasquez earned the Second Place novice speaker award.

MJC’s overall success culminated in enough points to earn first place in Individual Event sweeps and first place in Overall Sweeps.

Coach Ryan Guy says, “I couldn’t be more proud of our squad. Their work and perseverance have not only made them fierce competitors but also earned them the respect of the entire forensics community.” On November 3-5, MJC Speech & Debate will travel to Stockton, CA for another round of competition. For more information about the team including travel schedule and results, you can visit their website at www.MJCForensics.org


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L to R:  Ryan Teese, Justin Dolenar, Sabrinna Gonzales, Kaylee Inman, Zoe Dibeck, Bailey Coleman, Brendan Ward, Jordain Johnson, Austin Castro, Abel Zambrano, Sean Cox-Marcellin, Victor Lumidao, Cristian Vasquez