Mt. SAC Forensics Team
Wins 8th National Title
The Forensics Team kept Mt. SAC’s national championship momentum rolling by capturing the coveted title of the 2013 Phi Rho Pi National Championship Tournament on April 20. This Super Bowl-caliber competition, held at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, drew talented student speakers from over a dozen states, representing 60 community colleges.
Team Mt. SAC captured the first-place Overall Sweepstakes (top award), the first-place Individual Events Sweepstakes, and the third-place Debate Sweepstakes—earning more points than any other competing team.
This win further entrenches Mt. SAC’s standing as a dominant force in the collegiate forensics world. Mt. SAC has won eight community college national championships: 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2011, and 2013. In between these years, Mt. SAC chose to compete at university-level national tournaments and placed among the top 10 in 1999, 2002, 2004, and 2007, according to Communication Professor and Forensics Coach Jeff Archibald.
As individual competitors at the recent Phi Rho Pi tournament, all 14 Mt. SAC students won awards (six golds, three silvers, 10 bronze). Two students achieved the best overall scores in their respective event: Awais Spall (gold, Impromptu) and Conny Chege (gold, Program Oral Interpretation), and Barrett Tate and Brandon Orewyler took the gold in the Parliamentary Debate category as the only duo to win all eight rounds of competition.
Congratulations to the team and its faculty coaches/advisors: Jeff Archibald, Danny Cantrell, and Shae Hsieh.