Butte College Speech and Debate Team Has Wins at Reno
This past weekend the Butte College Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team headed to Reno, Nevada for the Biggest Little City Classic tournament. This tournament was a swing, meaning there are two separate tournaments folded into the same weekend. Sixteen colleges and universities competed in a variety of events. Our four students – Kathryn Eppley, Claire McAlister, Ashley Sutton, and Patrick Mulholland – are all in their first semester and all came away with wins!
On the first day of competition, Ashley Sutton placed 2nd in Informative speaking with her speech uncovering new uses for artificial intelligence in fighting poverty. This was a collapsed round, meaning student of novice and advanced levels of experience competed together. On day two, she placed 3rd in Informative speaking and was a finalist in Impromptu speaking. A great showing for her very first tournament!
Patrick Mulholland advanced to final rounds on the first day in Impromptu Speaking, which was the largest event at the tournament. Then, he took second place in After Dinner Speaking with his humorous persuasive speech on the feral pig population plaguing the nation. This was also a highly competitive collapsed event.
Claire McAlister placed 2nd in collapsed After Dinner Speaking with her dark humor persuading for action addressing the maternal mortality rate in the US. She also placed second in Impromptu speaking. This is her second tournament in a row winning in these categories.
Kathryn Eppley took 3rd in Persuasive Speaking with her speech addressing the lack of programs for formerly incarcerated youth. Audiences are continuously moved by her passion for this topic and her personal work in that same area.
We face competition from large powerhouse schools like San Francisco State and University of the Pacific on a regular basis – to come away with wins like this speaks to just how hard these students have been working. As a team, we are excited for our next competition at the start of November in Stockton!
Instructor, Communication Studies
Director of Forensics (Speech and Debate)