Mt. SAC Forensics Team Wins Community College National Title

WALNUT, Calif., April 24, 2013––– The Mt. San Antonio College Forensics Team won the overall sweepstakes taking first place at the Phi Rho Phi National Championship Tournament, held April 16-20 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills.

Mt. SAC students won six gold medals, three silver medals, and 11 bronze medals. Mt. SAC’s total of 180 points placed first ahead of Irvine Valley College and El Camino College with identical scores of 148.5. More than 400 students from 60 community colleges competed at the national tournament.

Awais Spall (Diamond Bar) won gold medals in the impromptu and informative speaking events, as well as a silver medal as part of a parliamentary debate team. Cliff Davis (Rancho Cucamonga) won a gold medal in the impromptu event and a silver medal as part of a parliamentary debate team with Spall. Shalimar Malimban (Diamond Bar) won a gold medal in program oral interpretation, and the team of Barrett Tate (Walnut) and Brandon Orewyler (Chino Hills) won a gold medal in parliamentary debate. Conny Chege (Chino Hills) won a gold medal in program oral interpretation.

Kelly McDivett (Ontario) won silver medals in informative speaking and prose, while Rachel Tennell (Ontario) won silver in analysis and a bronze medal in informative speaking. Jon Roach (Upland) won a bronze medal in the poetry competition, and Jannelle Hill (Walnut) won a bronze medal in program oral interpretation. Swaim Guetling (Walnut) and Ricky Recinos (Fontana) took bronze medals in dramatic interpretation, while Desiree Kroner (West Covina) took the bronze in the impromptu speaking event and David Kim (Walnut) won a bronze medal in the debate competition.

The team of Recinos and Malimban won a bronze medal in the duo interpretation competition, while two Mt. SAC teams won bronze medals in reader’s theater category.

The team is coached by faculty members Jeff Archibald, Danny Cantrell, and Shae Hsieh. Since 1994, Mt. SAC has won eight community college national titles and has placed among the top 10 in university-level competition four times.


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