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News: Speech and Debate Team Take Second in State

The Pasadena City College Speech and Debate (PCCS&D) team finished second in the state this past March at the California Community College Forensics Association State Championship Speech & Debate Tournament in Concord. Additionally, the 21-member team earned five gold medals, five silver medals, 14 bronze medals, and the Tim Miller Perpetual Sweepstakes Award. Over the past four years, PCCS&D has placed in the top five in the state.

The PCCS&D team, which is a charter member of the national speech organization Phi Rho Pi, competes in an eight-month long season, from September through April.  “We brought the most students to the state competition,” said Joshua R. Fleming, PCC instructor and the team’s faculty advisor. “Seventeen of the 21 students took home at least one medal."

“The team's success at state was amazing and well-deserved,” Fleming added. “All year we have been placing in the top three at local tournaments in Southern California. [The students] have a truly admirable work ethic and team bond and they deserve all the accolades that they have earned.”

This year’s gold medalists included Jeff Valdivieso and Gabriela Leverette in “Dramatic Duo,” Alayna Leibman and Cassie Yeager in “Dramatic Duo,” Beatrice Torres in “Programmed Oral Interpretation,” and Kevin Lopez and Brian Hy in “Poetry Interpretation.”


For more information, please contact Fleming at (626) 585-7010.

Release Date: 04/12/2012
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315
Email: jfgutierrez@pasadena.edu