|Front Row from left: Coaches Jules Throckmorton, Edwin Tiongson, April Griffin; second row: Xavier Gomez, Sasha Lanz, George Talavera, Kelly Kehoe, Ray Craig, Evan Smith; third row: Jason Hong|
The Speech and Debate team for Irvine Valley College took a rare double gold in team sweepstakes at the national championships. Seven students from IVC competed at the Phi Rho Pi Community College National Championships in Greenwich, Connecticut, April 11-16, 2011. This tournament is the largest full-service tournament in the country with 58 community colleges and 375 students competing. The Hindman division in which the IVC team competed restricted entries to only 15 events. The team won 11 awards to place it as the top overall school in the team sweepstakes. The team was also awarded Gold as the top debate squad with seven debate awards.