Speech and Debate Team Has Record Breaking Fall Season


The Forensics Team of Irvine Valley College is enjoying a record breaking season. Fifty-two IVC students have been recognized at tournament awards ceremonies this semester. The team has competed in tournaments on ten campuses:

Fullerton College, El Camino College, Claremont Colleges, Concordia University, University of the Pacific, San Joaquin Delta College, CSU Northridge, Grossmont College, Pt Loma Nazarene University, and Cerritos College.

Additionally, the National Parliamentary Debate Association has ranked the team fourth behind Texas Tech, Concordia, and Whitman. IVC's 106 points is the highest total the team has ever scored.

"This has been a really exciting semester. We've never had a squad this size before," said Debate Coach Gary Rybold. "The synergy of the squad has been fantastic. Our practices have a special kind of energy where everyone is actively engaged in the development of others. That energy carries over into the tournaments. It really makes competition a lot of fun. Adding to the enjoyment is a large staff of volunteer coaches who freely give their time to help the students reach their potential."

List of award winners:

Aditya Sharma
Alex Martinez
Amir Torkzadeh
Anthony Talavera
Bri Hittenberger
Brian Heins
Bryan Bui
Chathi Anderson
Chris Poplawski
Christopher Danks
CJ Morton
Crystal Guest
Ben Hahr

Dan Pestolosi
Danica Dobosy
Dina Bahr
Dylan Thomas
Erica Hernandez
Erika Guzman
Felicia Zi
Jacob Katzman
Jacqueline Denapoli
Jake Glendenning
Jennifer Georgevich
Jennifer Molina
Kountear Sam

Jun Choi
KC Miyagishima
Kaitlyn Pavlina
Kathleen Wong
Kelly Kehoe
Kelly Sweet
Kim Vallee
Lorelei Makowski
Matt Hinkle
Michael Albert
Nandini Gopalan
Nick Gailey
Nick Williams

Nicole Minkina
Nicolette Yadegar
Nik Bisht
Paige Charbonnet
Ray Craig
Robert Seaney
Roya Behmardian
Sasha Kornilova
Taiana Cardosa
Tasnim Elmaghrabi
Tiffany Zamora
Udara Abeysekera
Zahra Alamire

The team is looking forward to adding to their numbers in the spring when they have another ten tournaments on their schedule.

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