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OCC Speech Team Takes 1st in Regionals
Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Coast Tops 50 Schools at PSCFA Championships

Orange Coast College's Speech, Debate and Theatre Team tallied twice as many points as its nearest competitor to take first place in the Community College Sweepstakes at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensic Association Fall Championships held at Cal State Long Beach this week.

OCC scored higher than all 50 schools in attendance, including Pepperdine University, Cal State Long Beach, Mt. San Antonio College, Moorpark College and last year's national champion, L.A. Valley College. Competitors represented colleges from California, Arizona and Nevada.

OCC was awarded first place overall, first place in Novice Sweepstakes, and took first place in Community College Sweepstakes for the fifth year in a row. Of 35 students representing OCC, 24 advanced to the final rounds of competition.

"We have been working extremely hard this year and it is rewarding to see the dedication and commitment of our students paying off, " said speech team director Ben Lohman.

OCC students will compete in the state championship in March and the national championship in April. The team received a Silver Award at nationals last year and was national champion in 2007.

Note to editors: a complete list of OCC student winners, including city of residence, is available upon request.

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Orange Coast College, founded in 1947, is one of the nation's top transfer schools. With a student population of 25,000, OCC provides exemplary programs leading to Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Science degrees and 165 career programs. The college's 164-acre campus is located in the heart of Costa Mesa. For complete details about OCC, visit