MSJC's Spring Speech Tournament

May 4, 2015​

Free college and Anime culture were the topics of the speeches that garnered two Mt. San Jacinto College students first-place trophies during the college’s Spring Speech Tournament.

Christian Avendano won 1st Place in the informative speech category for his topic titled “American Media’s Misinterpretation of Animè Culture.” In the persuasive speech category, Oscar Ortiz received 1st Place for his speech “Tuition Free College.” The MSJC Spring Speech Tournament was held on April 24, 2015 at MSJC’s Menifee Valley Campus. 

Avendano is a Cinema and Television major and Ortiz is a Communication Studies major. Both winners received a trophy and a cash prize. 

Other winners in the informative speech category were Communication Studies major Cornelius van Zandt (2nd Place, “The American Patsy”) and Administrative Justice major Ivette Jimenez (3rd Place, “ESL Program”).  In the persuasive speech category, the other winners were Theater Arts major Trevor Torres (2nd Place, “Gay Rights”) and English major Danielle Pegan (3rd Place, “Suicide Prevention”). Each winner received a Certificate of Excellence and a cash prize.

The Spring tournament started with keynote addresses delivered by guest speakers Dr. Pat Schwerdtfeger, who is MSJC’s Vice President, and Gloria Brown from Toastmasters, Menifee chapter. Two rounds of speech presentations were held before finalists were selected and ranked. Lorain Rihan, Art Curator for San Diego Museum, gave a talk to the contestants as they awaited the tournament results. The panel of judges, which was chaired by Dr. Michele Weber, included Communication Studies faculty Professor Mike Fleming, Dr. Beverly R. Natividad, Dr. Suzanne Uhl, and Dr. David Moss and McGraw-Hill Publications Representative Brennan Gosney. A total of 18 students competed in the tournament. Contestants included Ian Caster, Esther Brewer, Patrick Ramaker, Kyle Lyons, Emely Vasquez, Christopher Matthews, Lynda Le, Selena Desanto, Abel Jesus, John G. Padua, Isaiah Keylor, and Meagan Downs. Each contestant received a Certificate of Achievement.

The Spring Speech Tournament, headed by Professor Basemeh Rihan, was organized by the Department of Communication Studies and the Communications Club at MSJC, Menifee Valley Campus. It was sponsored by the MSJC Foundation, WOW Action Services, McGraw-Hill Publications, and Oxford University Press.

Front Row:  Christian Avendano (1st Place, Informative Speech), Trevor Torres (2nd Place, Persuasive Speech);
Back Row, Left to Right:  Dr. Beverly R. Natividad, Professor Basemeh Rihan, Danielle Pegan (3rd Place, Persuasive Speech), Ivette Jimenez (3rd Place, Informative Speech), Abel Jesus (Contestant, Informative Speech), Oscar Ortiz (1st Place, Persuasive Speech), and Cornelius van Zandt (2nd Place, Informative Speech).