THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012
Mt. SAC Forensics Team Captures Gold at National Speech Tourney
WALNUT, Calif.–––The Mt. San Antonio College Forensics Team recently won the overall gold medal at the Phi Rho Phi National Championship Tournament in Schaumburg, Ill., taking second place out of the 58 community colleges competing.
Mt. SAC students won seven gold medals, five silver medals, and five bronze medals. As a team, the students also finished second in the individual events sweepstakes and third in the debate sweepstakes.
Student Simon Rhee (Fullerton) won the Bovero Award as the tournament’s top individual speaker. He won four gold medals in the extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking, parliamentary debate, and speech to entertain competitions. By claiming the tournament’s top speaker honors, he also becomes Mt. SAC’s first Bovero winner in nine years.
Other gold medal winners were Hishaam Siddiqi (Walnut) in extemporaneous speaking, Jennifer Lee (Hacienda Heights) in informative speaking, and Mike Drake (Rancho Cucamonga) in extemporaneous speaking and as part of a duo in parliamentary debate.
Silver medalists were Matthew Guest (Victorville) in dramatic interpretation, Yvonne Ramos (Montclair) in communication analysis, Naseem Akramian (Upland) in speech to entertain, Akramian and Charles Norman (Chino Hills) in parliamentary debate, and Siddiqi in informative speaking.
Bronze medal winners were Aida Ghorbani (Walnut) in prose interpretation, Kelley McDivett (Rancho Cucamonga) in persuasive speaking, Siddiqi in communication analysis, Ramos in oral interpretation, and Guest, Jannelle Hill (Walnut), Swaim Guetling (Walnut), and Stephanie Stopani (Chino Hills) in interpreters theater for “Silence.”
The team is coached by faculty members Jeff Archibald, Danny Cantrell, and Mei-Ling Hsieh.
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