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Speech, debate team brings home silver

By Madisen Williams, staff writer
On April 8, 2014

The speech and debate team spends countless hours researching, preparing and practicing speeches for tournaments and upcoming events.
All of that time and effort paid off when the team went to the Northern California Forensics Association Spring Championship Tournament in February.
"Out of 33 teams, we were number two against other community colleges and four-year universities competing," speech department professor and Chairperson Sherry Diestler said.
Veteran speech and debate team member, English major Hayley Callaway, placed third in Parliamentary Speaking and first in After Dinner Speaking.
Callaway and Diamonique Spain also took second place in the debate category.
"Although not everyone gets into the finals, we all prepare together," Callaway said. "Everyone pitches in and helps everyone."
The on-campus Speaker Showcase held on Thursday brought together students from the speech, drama and media arts departments.
Public service announcements created by students in the media arts department were also presented at the Speaker Showcase.
"The Speaker Showcase is a great way to recruit students," speech and debate coach and speech professor Darren Phalen said.
May is going to be a busy month for the speech and debate team, he said.
New students are competing in the Spring Fling Tournament at Ohlone College on May 3, where other community college and four-year university newcomers will be competing too.
Phalen said, "We have a lot of new faces who are really talented individuals. We have almost quadrupled the size of the team since last year."
In order for students to join the speech and debate team they must sign up for Speech 141, 142, 160A or 160B.
"These are great classes - it's unfortunate that many students don't know about them," Phalen said.
On May 8 at 3 p.m. in LA-100, CCC will be holding its Intramural Speech Tournament.
Diestler said, "It's a tournament for all CCC students who would like to experience a fun tournament on our campus - no experience necessary."
The categories open for students to compete in are the oral presentation, including poetry, stories, lyrics or drama, persuasive speaking, informative speaking and impromptu speaking.
Students who want to get in extra practice before the Intramural Speech Tournament can meet with speech tutors in the speech lab located in AA-113C.
"Any student on campus who wants to experience what it's like to participate in a speech tournament and improve their confidence is welcome," Diestler said. "It's a really fun and easy way to get started."


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