Just as they did at the fall championships, the IVC speech and debate team took two more top honors, this time at the spring league championship tournament held at CSULB, February 22-24. The team, consisting of 44 IVC students, won both sweepstakes as the top community college and the top novice squad. The team already has taken sweepstakes awards this semester at Southwestern College, Pt. Loma Nazarene University, and Cerritos College. This was the largest tournament of the semester, with 41 schools sending 946 entries to the contest, which was organized by the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association.
Debate coach Gary Rybold explained that the team victory was led by the debaters. “Twenty-two IVC students took awards in all three levels of debate (novice, junior and open). This is quite an accomplishment considering the average school at the tournament only had six debaters. The 10 awards we added in individual events pushed us over the top.”
Next up for the team is the state championship tournament held in Woodland Hills, March 14-17.