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MJC Speech & Debate Wins Perpetual Sweepstakes Award at UOP

            (MODESTO, CA 11/6/17)— The Modesto Junior College Speech & Debate team traveled to Stockton, CA from 11/3-11/5 for two tournaments: the Mustang Invitational at Delta College on Friday and the Paul Winters Invitational at University of the Pacific on Friday through Sunday. These prestigious tournaments draw competitors from universities around the country including Utah, Idaho, and Texas. Despite the tough competition, MJC students held their own in platform speaking, oral interpretation, limited preparation, and debate events.

On Friday, Taylor Coburn earned third place in Poetry and second place in Persuasive. Bailey Coleman earned a finalist award in Informative and third place in Communication Analysis. Brendan Ward took a Semi-Finalist award in Lincoln-Douglas debate and was recognized as the first place speaker in the junior division. Abel Zambrano was recognized as the second place speaker in the open division.

On Saturday and Sunday, Coburn was a finalist in Impromptu and took second place in Persuasive. Coleman won second place in Informative. In debate, the three-person team of Brendan Ward, Lydia Sanabria, and Nick O’Donnell took a Quarterfinalist award in junior Parliamentary debate.

MJC also won the coveted Perpetual Sweepstakes award, an honor given to schools who have demonstrated excellence and consistency over the prior years to earn the most sweepstakes points of any school in attendance.

Coach Taure Shimp says, “We had a small team at this tournament—but they’re still fierce.” On December 9, MJC Speech & Debate will travel to Salinas, CA for their last tournament of the semester. For more information about the team including travel schedule and results, you can visit their website at www.MJCForensics.org