Forensics team wins at Griffin Invitational

RHC participated in their first state tournament, November 9 and 10, the 2013 Griffin Invitational was held at Grossmont College in San Diego, California.

The Rio Hondo Forensics Club entered the tournament with nine competitors, all prepared and ready to go. The active roster for the Griffin Invitational consisted of Victor Wright, Cesar Sanchez, Christopher Rodriguez, Turner Lynch, Andrew Perez, Felix Rodriguez, Steven Villescas, Daniel Ybarra, and Robert Mendoza.

All three Forensics coaches were also available for the much-anticipated event, Libby Curiel, Grant Tovmasian, and Erin Crossman. Having each coach present was very crucial especially under such circumstance. Coach Grant was so close to missing out the tournament but he sacrificed other responsibilities to be there with his debate team. Four of RHC’s students matched up against two and four year university students from several states.

The 2013 Phi Rho Pi Gold winner, Steven Villescas once again landed another 1st place medal, which is something the forensics community has become accustomed to this season.

Two-year Forensics competitor, Villescas earned 1st place with his entirely new speech to entertain, in other words; a research persuasive speech that at the same time is entertaining. Villescas has evidently been nothing but consistent all season, showing us what it takes to be on top of the standings day in and day out. He’s looking to carry this success all the way through the Nationals, which is right around the corner.

Cesar Sanchez and Christopher Rodriguez were debate partners for the first time all season, nonetheless having a very successful debut. They ended their completion on a highly positive note, earning bronze in their first Novice Parliamentary Debate. Not too shabby for a first timer debate duo.

Rio Hondo had a successful tournament walking away with three awards, two bronze and one gold. This tournament was a great test for this team. This win was a great way to prepare them both mentally and skillfully in time for the April 2014 Forensics National Tournament.

The Forensics Speech and Debate team has done nothing but succeed in each competition that they have participated in this season, and they’ve represented Rio Hondo well.