The Modesto Junior College Speech and Debate team competed in an online debate tournament on February 23, 2020. Students logged in to video-debate competitors from around the nation on a variety of topics including solar energy, civil liberties versus security, and who would be the best presidential nominee for the 2020 election.

Students competed in novice, junior, and open division. Three MJC students in the junior division were recognized with top speaker awards. Eman Ghaith took fourth, Alexis Gerardo took third, and Derek Tristao took second. These awards are determined separately from a debater’s win-loss record and is based on the cumulative “speaker points” they earn over the course of the tournament. The team is gearing up for their regional championship tournament, and this is a promising start.

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