Modesto Junior College Speech & Debate Starts Off Another Great Season

Modesto Junior College Speech & Debate Starts Off Another Great Season

THe MJC Team at the GGO Season Open 2018

(MODESTO, CA 9/24/18)—The Modesto Junior College Speech & Debate team ushered in the start of fall at the Golden Gate Opener tournament at San Francisco State University from September 22-23. Over two days, six MJC students competed against sixteen other colleges and universities in speech and debate events.  In the end, MJC earned the fourth-place sweepstakes award.

The competition was a “swing,” meaning there are two full tournaments over the course of the weekend and competitors have the chance to win in their events twice. MJC students held their own against two-year and four-year institutions, including schools from Nevada and Oregon. At the end of the weekend, MJC students collected 13 awards.

The results from the first day of the tournament are as follows: In Open Informative Speaking, Kendra McKinley took third place. Alexis Gerardo was awarded fourth place and recognized as Top Novice. In Open Poetry, McKinley took home a finalist award. In Novice Persuasive speaking, Cindy Cuaraque took home third place. In Novice Prose, Jacqueline In earned first place.

The results from the second day of the tournament are as follows: In Open Informative speaking, McKinley took second place. In Open Poetry, McKinley took home a finalist award. In Novice Prose, In earned a finalist award. In Novice Persuasive, Cuaraque earned a finalist award.

MJC students also tested their wit and critical thinking in debate. In Novice Lincoln-Douglas debate, Daylon Hawn broke into out-rounds and debated in semi-finals, taking home an award. He was also recognized as the first place Novice speaker in Lincoln-Douglas debate. In the Junior division, Gavin Gould was recognized as the fifth-place speaker.

Collectively, MJC students performed well enough that the team earned the fourth-place community college sweepstakes award.

“This is an exciting start to the season,” says MJC Communication Studies Instructor and Assistant Director of Forensics, Taure Shimp. “Most of the students who competed are brand-new to the team. They only had four weeks of preparation before heading into competition, but it’s already clear they’ve got the ability to go far.” On October 5-6, MJC Forensics will travel to Santa Rosa, CA for another round of competition. For more information about the team including travel schedule and results, you can visit their website at www.MJCForensics.org

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