The Speech and Debate Team for Irvine Valley College experienced their own version of March Madness with one of their best competitive weekends in their long history. In their first victory, the team won the STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS in the limited division at the California Community College Forensics Association tournament held March 17-21 in Woodland Hills. This is their first state title since 2002. The team garnered 13 awards to win the title.
The second award gave the squad SECOND PLACE in the national rankings for community colleges in the year-long sweepstakes of the National Parliamentary Debate Association. The trophy was given during a ceremony held in Colorado Springs on March 20. What may be even more of an accomplishment is that the team finished FIFTH among all two-year and four-year schools. This put IVC ahead of schools such as Oregon (#15) and UCLA (#16). This was IVC's best overall finish in the national competition since 2004. The complete list of rankings can be found at:
"This team has shown they deserve to hold a strong place in our hall of fame," said Debate Coach Gary Rybold. "Considering we only had few returning students from last year's team, the accomplishments for this group proved that when people are willing to work hard and be professional their efforts will be rewarded."
State Champion Winners:
Xavier Gomez – Gold in debate, silver in impromptu speaking, bronze in program oral interpretation
Ray Craig – Gold in impromptu, gold in debate
Evan Smith – Gold in debate, bronze in extemporaneous speaking
Kelly Kehoe – Gold in debate
Chathi Anderson – Silver in persuasive speaking
Hasnu Kwatra – Silver in prose interpretation
Jake Glendenning – Silver in impromptu speaking
Sasha Lanz – Silver in persuasive speaking
Noah Guest – Bronze in impromptu speaking
Additional debaters whose victories added to the year-long national NPDA ranking:
IVC Forensics Coaching Staff: