Fullerton College Hosts Successful Speech and Debate Tournament
Fullerton College Speech and Debate was proud to host a tournament serving 11 California colleges and universities with more than 110 students participating on Friday, April 7.
This academic year, Fullerton College became one of a few full-service speech and debate programs in California offering students a variety of speech and debate events, and was the first time Fullerton College hosted a tournament which featured individual speaking events, such as informative, persuasive, and impromptu speaking, along with two separate types of debate, parliamentary and policy debate.
The tournament was designed for beginning competitors. “Hosting a tournament for beginning speech and debate brings in eager students who get an opportunity to strengthen and develop their debate skills. Students who learn in the spring semester might not get adequate opportunities without this tournament”, said director Jeanette Rodriguez, “It was nice to host everyone.” As a result, more than 30 rookie and novice Fullerton College Hornets competed at the tournament advancing to final rounds in nearly every speech and debate category.
“At the end of the tournament other schools were coming to me and thanking Fullerton College for hosting an inclusive tournament” wrote Jeff Samano, one of the directors of the forensics team, “many schools even said they would definitely be attending our tournament next year which is always great to hear.” The Hornet Speech and Debate team plans to host again in 2019 and looks forward to the growth of the tournament.
The team resumes competition again on April 21 at the Robert Barbara Speech and Debate Invitational hosted by CSU Northridge. The Fullerton College Speech and Debate team is coached by Jeanette Rodriguez, Toni Nielson, and Jeff Samano.