MJC Speech Team “Sweeps” Up With First-Place Win

Des Wins 1st

            (MODESTO, CA 2/1/15)—The Modesto Junior College speech team won the first place sweepstakes award on January 31 at the Talk Hawk Invitational in Livermore, CA. The tournament was Harry Potter themed—complete with wandering Dementors and floating candles—and the MJC team rose to the magic of the occasion. MJC took home twenty awards: In persuasive speaking, James Baugh took first place in the open division. In novice, first-time competitor Deseree Jones won first, followed closely by Daniel Johnson in fourth. In open informative speaking, Baugh took second place while Caterina Grossi took sixth. In impromptu speaking, Jon Sahlman won first place in open. Rick Morris led the novice division in first place while newcomer Kendall Mead took third and Jones took fourth. In open extemporaneous speaking, Sahlman earned third, Baugh took fourth, and Megan Chatelain took fifth. Other trophies included Baugh’s first place in after dinner speaking, Sahlman’s first place in communication analysis, and Tyrus Loveless’ fourth place in dramatic interpretation. Baugh and Sahlman were also awarded first and second overall speaker awards. Collectively, MJC won the first place sweepstakes award with an impressive 106 points, surpassing second with a hefty 14-point margin. The team is looking forward to their next competition at Chabot College on February 6-7 in Hayward, CA.

For more information about the team and upcoming events, contact:

Ryan Guy, Director of Intercollegiate Forensics

(209) 575-6110