The Orange Coast College Speech, Debate, and Theatre team swept the competition at the PSCFA Spring Championship Tournament, held on Feb. 22–24 at Palomar College. The tournament is significant since it's the last tournament before both two- and four-year schools head off to their respective state and national invitational tournaments.
Typically, programs bring their best competitors to the spring tournament in order to prepare for the next phase of competition. "We have been working non-stop throughout our winter break to make sure that we were prepared for this weekend," said Director of Interpretive Events, Shaw Davari. "I'm thrilled with the success of the team and it's a good signal for how well we will do at our upcoming state championship!"
In addition to a first-place finish, many OCC students walked away from the tournament with top awards. "We were able to be successful in a variety of events throughout the tournament," said Director of Platform Events, Sean Connor. "So many forensic programs only specialize in one category of speech. The fact that our team provides opportunities for our students to compete in all areas of the activity truly provides an enriching experience and is the key to our continued success as a program."
- James Despersis received Finalist in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
- Heather Tosta received Finalist in Junior Informative Speaking
- Kayla Mercure received Finalist in Open Prose Interpretation
- Luis Diaz received Finalist in Open Prose Interpretation
- Victoria Vinson received Finalist in Junior Prose Interpretation
- Austin Reyes received Finalist in Junior Prose Interpretation
- Mara James received Finalist in Junior Prose Interpretation
- Talon Stradley received Finalist in Junior Impromptu Speaking
- Jon Paley received Finalist in Novice Impromptu Speaking
- Toan Tran received Finalist in Junior Persuasion Speaking
- Talon Stradley received Finalist in Junior Dramatic Interpretation
- Jon Paley received 3rd Place in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
- Jinno Vicencio received 3rd Place in Open Poetry Interpretation
- Jinno Vicencio received 3rd Place in Open Dramatic Interpretation
- James Despersis received 3rd Place in Novice Impromptu Speaking
- Stefan Salazar received 3rd Place in Open After Dinner Speaking
- Raymond Tu received 2nd place in Junior Extemporaneous Speaking
- Ashley Lindsay received 2nd place in Open After Dinner Speaking
- Mara James received 2nd Place in Novice Persuasive Speaking
- Kayla Mercure received 1st place in Open Informative Speaking
- James Despersis 17th speaker in Open Parliamentary Debate
- Kaung Thiha, Yong Lee, and Fazilat Adul received Bronze in Open Parliamentary Debate
- Michael Gutierrez received Bronze in Open IPDA
- Heather Tosta received 3rd speaker in Novice IPDA
- Raymond Tu received Silver in Junior IPDA
- Michael Gutierrez and James Despersis received Silver in Open Parliamentary Debate
- Jon Paley received Gold in Junior IPDA
The Orange Coast College Speech, Debate, and Theatre team's next tournament will be the CCCFA State Championship Tournament held March 12–17 in Woodland Hills, Calif.