Speech and Debate Team Honored at Board of Trustees Meeting

Dr. Tod Burnett flanked by members of the Saddleback College Speech & Debate Team.

Dr. Tod Burnett flanked by members of the Saddleback College Speech & Debate Team.

At last night’s Board of Trustees Meeting, I had the privilege of recognizing the Saddleback College Speech and Debate Team for their fourth place finish at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament.

The team was entered in the Large School Division Sweepstakes, the most difficult competition level, with 59 other colleges. The top three spots were taken by Orange Coast College placed which placed first overall, Moorpark second, and Mt. San Antonio College third. Students from four-year universities also compete in this competition, including UCLA and Cal State Northridge.

The students in attendance last night are those that placed in individual events:

Kate Rochefort
Gold, persuasion
Bronze, prose
Silver, Readers Theatre

Patrick Leahy
Bronze, prose

Scott Lankford
Bronze, prose
Silver, duo interpretation
Gold, Readers Theatre

Maggie Shephard
Silver, duo interpretation
Silver, Readers Theatre

Alex Sherwood,
Bronze, informative
Silver, International Public Debate Association

Each year I am thoroughly impressed by the caliber of our forensics team and know that the guidance they get from our wonderful coaches – Heidi Ochoa, Larry Radden, and Lucas Ochoa, will only lead them to great things here at Saddleback and beyond.

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