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Published: Friday, December 13, 2013

Updated: Friday, December 13, 2013 17:12

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Janae Harris / The Advocate

Speech professor Darren Phalen talks to the crowd at the intramural speech tournament in LA-100 on Thursday.

The annual Contra Costa College intramural speech tournament gathered nearly 100 competitors to participate on Thursday in LA-100.

The tournament allowed CCC students to practice and demonstrate their public speaking skills while having fun throughout the event.

Competitors gathered and were welcomed by speech professor and speech and debate team coach Darren Phalen.

After greeting the contestants they were all divided up into various rooms throughout the campus.

When divided up, each group of competitors presented their speeches with judges in each group.

Speech and debate student Erick Chivichon, who was a judge in the competition, said, “The contestants had the right tone of voice and good stage presence. This is an opportunity to for students obtain good public speaking skills that can help them in the future.”

There were two rounds in the tournament that enabled the contestants the opportunity to show what they had to bring to the table through various types of speeches such as impromptu, oral interpretation of literature and informative, among others.

Though this was the first time for some CCC students to be part of this tournament, communication major and speech and debate student Drake Jensen said, “For it being their first competition, they were all organized and well prepared.”

African studies major LaCretia Robinson said the completion helped her with her public speaking skills.

Robinson said, “I’m not good at public speaking, but by being part of this tournament I feel I can improve my skills.”

Student Edward Bailey said he was confident while preparing his speech and thought it would be easy.

After the second round was over, all contestants gathered in LA-100 and the top contestants were recognized and given medals.

Speech department Chairperson Sherry Diestler said, “It would be great for everyone to receive an award. They all did such a great job on how well they organized their speeches and delivery.” 

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