Hornet Speech and Debate Victorious During Winter Break Tournaments

Over winter break, Fullerton College sent 11 competitors to participate in three separate speech and debate tournaments: The Alan Nichols Invitational at University of Southern California, the Kathryn Classic at Cal State Fullerton, and Close to the Coast Invitational at Orange Coast College.

Harut Kejejyan had an outstanding performance in the junior varsity division at the Alan Nichols Invitational where he was crowned the tournament champion. Kejeyan and his swing partner from CSU, Fullerton won nine of 10 rounds and defeated schools from all over the country, such as the University of Louisville and the University of Binghamton. “Harut’s success demonstrates his growth as a debater and academic; he has fully invested in learning very dense philosophy. I continue to be impressed with his independence and work effort,” said team coach Toni Nielson. Additionally, Kejejyan and Evan Jensen showed how smart and hardworking Hornets can be by advancing to semifinals in the junior varsity division at The Kathryn Classic.

In an event known as After Dinner Speaking, where students attempt to persuade audiences on important social and political topics using jokes and humor, Fullerton’s own Maceo Coleman finished fifth place making this the first time he advanced to a varsity final round in this particular event. Coleman defeated competitors from schools such as College of the Canyons, Concordia University and George Mason University. Coleman uses his speech as an anti-racism platform to speak important truths. He is leader at Fullerton College and to the college speech community.

These speech and debate students demonstrated the passion and commitment of Fullerton College this winter break. Fullerton College congratulates them on an excellent showing. Go Hornets!

The team resumes competition again on Feb. 22 to 24 as the forensics squad attends the Policy Debate Pacific Championships at Fullerton College and the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association Spring Championships at Palomar College. The Fullerton College Speech and Debate team is coached by Toni Nielson, Jeanette Rodriguez and Jeff Samano. Students interested in joining the team for spring 2019 should enroll in Communication Studies 138.

Author: Fullerton College

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