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2019 Fall Champs

The Irvine Valley College Speech and Debate Team had its two best tournaments of the season thus far at the Griffin Invitational Speech Tournament held at Grossmont College in San Diego on November 23-24 and the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association (PSCFA) Fall Championship Tournament held at Moorpark College December 6-8.

Among the 26 awards received between the two tournaments, eight gold medals were awarded to IVC in debate. At Grossmont College, Nidhi Satyadev, Eilidh Stalker, and Jade Bolton closed out the competition by each taking the gold in individual debate (IPDA). Meanwhile, Nidhi and Eilidh also brought home the gold in team debate (NPDA). In an unprecedented event, the team went on to replicate their success at Moorpark College by taking quadruple gold yet again. Sarah Wilson, Sam Greenberg, and Nidhi Satyadev all were awarded with a gold in individual debate (IPDA), while the team of Mira Ogawa and Sarah Wilson brought home the gold in team debate (NPDA).

Director of Forensics Jules French said, “I am so impressed with this team. These were both extremely difficult tournaments and the students worked tirelessly. Additionally, there were 21 colleges and universities in attendance at Grossmont College, and 35 colleges and universities at Moorpark College. Some schools came as far as Virginia, Texas, and Arizona. The fact that our team rose above and took home 26 awards collectively really shows what a talented and impressive team we have this year!”

Those interested in joining the speech and debate team are encouraged to contact Director of Forensics, Jules French, at, or Bill Neesen at

Griffin Invitational Speech Tournament Award Winners


NPDA Team Debate Awards:

Nidhi Satyadev & Eilidh Stalker- Gold Medalists in Novice Debate

Ian Breyer & Sam Greenberg- Silver Medalists in Open Debate

Chris Feliz, Aureo Tellez, & Gianna Morrison- Silver Medalists in Novice Debate


IPDA Individual Debate Awards:

Nidhi Satyadev- Gold Medalist in Novice IPDA Debate

Eilidh Stalker- Gold Medalist in Novice IPDA Debate

Jade Bolton- Gold Medalist in Novice IPDA Debate


Individual Event Awards

Ian Breyer- 2nd in Impromptu Speaking & Finalist in Extemporaneous Speaking

Saba Qutami- Finalist in Extemporaneous Speaking

​Hedieh Sorouri- 2nd in Open Poetry


PSCFA Fall Championship Tournament Award Winners


NPDA Team Debate Awards:

Sarah Wilson & Mira Ogawa- Gold Medalists in Open Debate

Sarah Wilson- 2nd Speaker


IPDA Debate Awards:


Sarah Wilson- Gold Medalist in Open Debate

Mira Ogawa- Silver Medalist in Open Debate

Sam Greenberg- Gold Medalist in Junior Debate

Ian Breyer- Silver Medalist in Junior Debate

Nidhi Satyadev- Gold Medalist in Novice Debate


Individual Event Awards:

Mira Ogawa- 1st Place in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking

Nidhi Satyadev- 2nd Place Novice Extemporaneous Speaking & 3rd Place Novice Impromptu Speaking

Sam Greenberg- 3rd Place Novice Extemporaneous Speaking

Eilidh Stalker- Finalist Novice Extemporaneous Speaking

Ian Breyer- Finalist Novice Extemporaneous Speaking

Seadona Taloma- Finalist Novice Impromptu Speaking

Irene Choi- Finalist Novice Persuasive Speaking

Mustafa Tariq- Finalist Novice Impromptu Speaking​