Fall 2022-Spring 2023 Tournament Results
Paul Winters Invitational
The MJC Speech & Debate team attended the Paul Winters Invitational at the University of the Pacific on November 6, 2022.
MJC Students Eve Dowdell, Kylie Duncan, Dean Zayed, and Natalie Aguila Stanhope competed at the tournament. Dowdell and Duncan made it to the final round of Persuasive Speaking, with Dowdell taking 1st Place and Duncan taking 3rd Place.
The team competed at the Mustang Invitational, hosted by San Joaquin Delta College on November 4, 2022.
Team members Kylie Duncan, Eve Dowdell, and Dean Zayed participated in Persuasive and Impromptu Speaking. Zayed was recognized with a Finalist award in Novice Persuasive speaking. Duncan and Dowdell both made it into the Final round of Open Persuasive speaking. Duncan took 3rd Place while Dowdell took 1st Place. Together, the team earned MJC a 3rd Place Sweepstakes award.
Speech & Debate team members Eve Dowdell (upper left), Dean Zayed (upper right), Brandon Reis (lower left), and Kylie Duncan (lower right) participated in the Online Asynchronous Oats (OATS) tournament beginning October 24th. The speakers submitted videos of their competitive events, including speeches that advocated for ADA accommodations in drive-throughs; affordable college; housing as a human right; and protections for "kid-fluencers" on social media.
1st Place Persuasive Speaker
Dowdell took 1st Place Persuasive speaker with her speech advocating for ADA accommodations in fast-food drive-throughs. Dowdell was the only community college student in a round stacked with powerhouse universities.
The MJC Speech & Debate team traveled to the University of Nevada, Reno for the Biggest Little City Classic tournament on October 15, 2022.
Eve Dowdell (left) and Kylie Duncan (right) talked their way into final rounds. Dowdell took 3rd in Persuasive Speaking while Duncan took 5th in Persuasive Speaking and 3rd in Impromptu Speaking.
San Francisco, CA
The Speech & Debate team competed in the Golden Gate Opener from Oct. 1-2 at San Francisco State University.
MJC Speaks Up
Team members Eve Dowdell (left) and Kylie Duncan (right) represented MJC. Both won hard-earned awards in Persuasive Speaking.
On Day 1, Eve Dowdell won Top Novice and Kylie Duncan took 4th Place in Open Persuasive Speaking. On Day 2, Dowdell earned 4th Place while Duncan took 5th Place.
Speech & Debate Camp
MJC Speech and Debate team members Kylie Duncan (left) and Eve Dowdell (right) kicked off the fall season with a day at the Northern California Speech and Debate Camp. The camp took place on September 10th at Sacramento State University. Students participated in a full day of workshops followed by practice rounds. The team is looking forward to their first tournament of the semester in San Francisco, CA.
Fall 2021-Spring 2022 Tournament Results
Spring Fling Season Awards
The Northern California Forensics Association Spring Fling tournament took place on April 30, 2022. MJC students Samantha Ho, Willow Styczinski, and Grant Wise represented the college. The students spoke on a range of issues including Persuasive speeches addressing the problematic practice of hormone testing in athletics; the urgent need for accessible healthcare; and a Prose that illustrated the significance of "loving thy neighbor" in a story about community and connection. Recent graduates were also recognized with End of Season awards, including Christina Peterson who won Top Platformer and Alexis Rangel, who was given the Student Judging Award. Finally, MJC alum Bailey Coleman won the New Coach Award recognizing her hard work after a year of volunteering with the team (and judging at nearly every tournament of the season). The squad is looking forward to a new competitive season in Fall 2022.
The Phi Rho Pi 2022 National Tournament was held in the historic city of St. Louis, MO.
From Left: MJC students Christina Peterson, Kylie Duncan, and Alexis Rangel.
MJC's Historic Win
The MJC Speech & Debate team travelled to Missouri for the 2022 Phi Rho Pi National Championship. Kylie Duncan, Christina Peterson, and Alexis Rangel represented Modesto Junior College in the tournament, where more than 40 colleges from around the country participated.
The students spoke on issues ranging from innovative desalination technology, street art in Afghanistan, and the lasting personal effects of war.
In addition to the students' individual successes, MJC earned several sweepstakes awards including the Mariner Perpetual Sweepstakes award. MJC has sought this award for over 50 years and it represents the cumulative efforts of coaches and students from the school over the last several decades. It was a particularly special win, since the MJC team also celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
1st Place National Champs
The Speech & Debate team participated in the National Online Forensics Championship from March 17-20. Students Kylie Duncan, Christina Peterson, and Alexis Rangel were all recognized with awards in their events, including a 1st Place Individual Sweepstakes award for Alexis Rangel who was recognized as the top speaker at the tournament. Together, these three students earned a 1st Place National Championship title for Modesto Junior College.