Speech, debate team brings home silver
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."
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
From Around the Web
More Accent Advocate News Articles
Recent Accent Advocate News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR ACCENT ADVOCATE
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST ACCENT ADVOCATE NEWS
RECENT ACCENT ADVOCATE CLASSIFIEDS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Natural Health Care From Down Under Poised to Make U.S....
- Wellness Travel Is on the Rise
- 3 Steps to Build a Better Nest Egg
- Para los latinos, el Día de las Madres es una...
- Top 4 Signs You Need to Call a Pest Professional
- Another Reason to Choose Chiropractic Care First for Pain...
- Create a Precious Moment for Mom This Mother's Day
- 4 Basic Exercises to Help Older Adults Improve Strength...
- New Drug May Help Control the Spread of Cancer
- Uber to Passengers: Our Drivers May Be Unsafe
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- TD Ameritrade Seeks Applicants for NextGen Financial Planning Scholarships, Grants
- Make it Count: Get the Most out of the End of the Semester!
- FARE's College Food Allergy Program Pilots in a Dozen Schools Nationwide
- HOTSHOT® HOT Canned Coffee gets a Jolt from Kickstarter
- From dating to internships - it's everything you need to know about college: The Her Campus Guide to College Life, Out Now