Speech and Debate Wins Several Speaker Awards at CSUN Robert Barbera Invitational
Fullerton College sent 13 competitors to participate in the CSU, Northridge Robert Barbera Invitational on Saturday, April 21.
Tournament highlights included Lelia Majd-Faridi, Isabel Pena, Germaine Baltazar and Mohammad Abdullah finishing in the top 10 best speakers in novice policy debate. Abdullah and Baltazar earned second and third place speaking awards respectively. The Barbera Invitational was Pena’s first tournament experience, “Although people might think a debate tournament is frightening,” Pena said, “It was a lot of fun! I really enjoyed the day.”
In the open/varsity policy debate division Harut Kejejyan finished in the top 10 best speakers while Josh Kazarian earned a second place speaker award. Debates centered around arguments on whether the United States should establish a single payer health insurance system.
In impromptu speaking, an event which requires students to write and deliver a speech within seven minutes, Remmington Lewis finished in third place followed closely by her teammate, Allyce Flores, in fourth place. This was Lewis’s first time competing in a speech and debate competition.
The next tournament is a free tournament for beginners will be at CSU Fullerton on Saturday, May 5. Interested students or professors who would like to judge should come to the debate team practice on May 4 from 12:30-2 p.m. in Room 525. The Fullerton College Speech and Debate team is coached by Toni Nielson, Jeanette Rodriguez and Jeff Samano.