Speech and Debate Students Place 1st, 2nd at Pacific Southwest Tournament

By Jennifer Page

On December 1 and 2, 2018, the Cypress College Speech and Debate Team took 18 students to the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association’s Fall Championship Tournament held at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA. This year, 39 universities and community colleges attended both near and far, including the University of Utah, Northern Arizona University, Kansas City Community College, Cerritos College, Concordia University at Irvine, and Palomar College.

Our students did an amazing job representing Cypress College!  We would like to recognize these students:

Nate Garcia
British Parliamentary Debate – Novice 1st place
British Parliamentary Debate Speaker Award – 2nd place
Novice Extemporaneous Speaking – 3rd place
Novice Impromptu Speaking – 5th place

Isaac Ramnani
British Parliamentary Debate – Novice 1st place

Jolene Gazman
Novice Prose Interpretation – 4th place

Christopher Piazza
Open Cultural Artifact – 1st place

Prisma Ayala
Open Cultural Artifact – 2nd place

Tatiana Burmeister
Open Cultural Artifact – 5th place

Jessica Esparza
Open Cultural Artifact – 6th place

Students Michael Clyburn, Itati Doradea, Maria Ayala, Mariem Rizk, Michelle Sandoval, Sierra Gohl, Justin Fernandez, Angelo Middleton, Ramon Avila – Ojina, Miranda Calhoun, and Peter Shamoun also competed.