Speech & Debate Team Debuts New Season with a Victory

The Fullerton College Speech and Debate team kicked off the start of competition season with a victory during opening tournaments, Oct. 18-20. Tournaments were hosted by Arizona State University, San Diego State University, and El Camino College. Students from all over the West Coast participate in the start of the new speech and debate season, including 24 members of the Hornet Speech and Debate Team.

Isaak Gibson and Seyla Keo won back to back tournaments at ASU and SDSU. Both are first year students at Fullerton College and join the team after successful high school debate careers debating in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League (LAMDL). The transition from high school to college debate is a tough one, but Gibson and Keo are making it look easy. When asked what the two had learned about college debate, Gibson suggested students get as much sleep as possible to keep up with the long days of competition.

Additional highlights include novice debate speaking honors awarded to Anthony Camacho (5th place), David Lee (6th place), and Alyssa Martinez (8th place). Michael Becerra grabbed 3rd speaker after moving up the ranks to the junior varsity division.

On the speech side of the team, the varsity duo team of Tricia James and Sael Faddoul placed 4th in their first tournament of the season performing their dramatic piece about loneliness and the need for human connection. Novice speechie Rachel Thibodeaux bested more than 20 novice impromptu speakers from a variety of Southern California colleges.

Students interested in joining the speech and debate club can attend the club meeting on Tuesday at 4:30-5:30 p.m. in room 525. Club president is Madison Devries and the vice president is Jonathan Meza.

The team resumes competition again on Oct. 27 at Pasadena City College and Nov. 1-3 at Cal State Long Beach. The Fullerton College Speech and Debate team is coached by Jeanette Rodriguez, Toni Nielson and Joel Salcedo.

Author: Fullerton College

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