MJC Speech and Debate Students are National Champions

MODESTO, CA 04/26/2020)—The Modesto Junior College Speech and Debate team competed in the first annual National Online Forensics Festival which took place April 25-26 in living rooms, laundry rooms, and hallway corners across the United States. Seven MJC students competed, including Alexis Gerardo, Eman Ghaith, Kevin Guzman, Clarice Perez, Katrinna Pyburn, Grant Tallent, and Derek Tristao. These students’ combined efforts earned the squad the Fourth Place sweepstakes award at the tournament. In Individual Events, Ghaith earned the Bronze award in Informative speaking, an event where students have 10 minutes to present a well-researched speech that seeks to help the audience…
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MJC Students are Regional Champs

The Modesto Junior College Speech and Debate team returned with big wins from the Northern California Regional Championship tournament that took place on February 28-March 1 in Chico, California. The tournament drew top competitors from two-year and four-year institutions. MJC students won awards in limited preparation, platform speaking, and debate. The results for Individual Events are as follows: In novice extemporaneous speaking, Eman Ghaith took third place while Clarice Perez took first place. In open informative, Ghaith was a finalist. In open Persuasive speaking, Alexis Gerardo took third place. The results for debate are as follows: In junior Lincoln-Douglas debate,…
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Debate Team Earns Top Speaker Awards

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…
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MJC Speech & Debate Wins Big at First Spring Tournament

The Modesto Junior College Speech and Debate team won big at their first tournament of the semester from February 7-9 in Livermore, CA. Students from two year colleges and four year universities spent three days talking their way into final rounds. MJC students took home awards in every category they entered including debate, limited preparation, oral interpretation, and platform speaking. Results are as follows. In IPDA debate, Donia Ghaith took a silver award in novice while Alexis Gerardo took a silver award in varsity. Alex Ciprian was recognized with the third-place speaker award in varsity IPDA debate. Speaker awards are…
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Modesto Junior College Speech & Debate Team Brings Home Trophies

(MODESTO, CA 9/23/19)—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 20-22. Over three days, 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 7 awards. L to R: Lenzy Reyes, Alex Ciprian, Samuel Garcia, Eman Ghaith, Alexis Gerardo, Matthew Kingdon, Troy Preston The results from the tournament are as follows: In open Informative Speaking, first semester competitor Eman Ghaith—a novice competing against experienced competitors in…
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MJC Speech and Debate Students are National Champions

MJC Speech and Debate Students are National Champions (MODESTO, CA 04/15/2019)—The Modesto Junior College Speech and Debate team travelled to Reno, Nevada for Phi Rho Pi, the community college national championship tournament from April 8-13. Phi Rho Pi takes place every spring, with students traveling from across the United States to compete after a year’s worth of preparation. Four Modesto students qualified to compete in the national championships this year: Alexis Gerardo, Gavin Gould, Sarah Landeros, and Kendra McKinley. In Individual Events, McKinley earned the bronze award in Informative speaking, an event where students have 10 minutes to present a…
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