Rio Hondo Forensics/Debate Team Scores Big at Golden Cowboy Swing Tournament

The Rio Hondo College forensic/debate team made an impressive showing at the fourth-annual Golden Cowboy Swing Tournament that took place Feb. 8 – 10 at Glendale Community College and California State University, Los Angeles.

Speech and Debate courses are offered within the Communication Studies associate in arts degree, part of the Division of Communications and Languages.  Students study interpersonal communications, public speaking, argumentation and debate, oral interpretation and argumentation and discussion, as well as opportunities to participate on the Speech and Debate Team.

Rio Hondo Forensics students competed against some of the country’s top forensics teams that included Western Kentucky University, University of Houston and Arizona State University. Highlights included:

• Friday Feb. 8, Glendale Community College: Team Maddie Kiphen & Ovidio Sanchez took Bronze in Open (Senior) Parliamentary Debate.

• Saturday Feb. 9, Glendale Community College: Ovidio Sanchez placed fourth and Adrian Ramos placed fifth in Novice Impromptu. Maddie Kiphen took sixth place in Open/Senior Impromptu and fifth place in Open Parliamentary Debate.

• Sunday, Feb 10, Cal State Los Angeles: Ovidio Sanchez placed first, Adrian Ramos placed second, and Yisella Mariscal placed third in Novice Impromptu. Jessica Ruvalcaba took first place in Novice Prose and Adrian Ramos first place in Dramatic Interpretation. Ovido Sanchez placed first in his event category as well as placed first in each of his elimination rounds. 

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