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Speech and Debate Team at Spring Champs

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The Speech and Debate Team competed with over forty universities last Saturday and Sunday at Spring Champs, hosted by California State University, Long Beach. After competing more than twelve hours straight each day, David Diaso, Amanda Sullivan, and Jordan Riggs were probably a bit blurry-eyed Monday morning! Please congratulate them for winning these very impressive awards:


Amanda Sullivan—2nd Place in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking

One of just a handful to advance to the final round in this event comprised of nearly thirty speakers, Amanda earned 2nd place overall after being ranked 1st by one judge and 2nd by another in the final round!


David Diaso—Finalist in Junior Impromptu Speaking

In this enormous event with over fifty competitors, David managed to become one of just a handful to advance to the final round!


David Diaso and Lizzy Byrd—PSCFA All-Conference Academic Team Members

David and Lizzy were inducted into the prestigious Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association’s All-Conference Academic Team “for achievement as both a speaker and a scholar.” To qualify, students must be seasoned speech and debate competitors and maintain a 3.75 or higher GPA. Of course, David’s and Lizzy’s GPAs can’t get any higher! Maintaining such academic excellence while succeeding at the highest level of speech competition speaks volumes to both students’ capability and dedication.


Noteworthy Achievements


  • Jordan Riggs, in his very first time competing in impromptu speaking, ranked 2nd place with a near-perfect 24 out of 25 points in one of his preliminary novice impromptu rounds. The SDCC Speech and Debate Team is thrilled to have such a promising new competitor join the team!
  • Amanda Sullivan ranked 1st in two of her three preliminary novice extemporaneous rounds!
  • David Diaso ranked 1st in two of his three preliminary junior impromptu rounds and second in the other. He earned a perfect score of 25 points in one round and 24 points in the other two rounds! 



Josh Cangelosi

Director of Forensics at San Diego Christian College

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