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.