With trophies in hand, Valley’s Speech and Debate Team prepares for nationals.
By Amanda Cavarretta, Staff Writer
The Monarch Speech and Debate team battle 44 colleges from around the country in the Southwest Collegiate Forensic Association Championship Tournament at Mt. San Antonio College over the weekend, bringing home 15 trophies, including first place in four different categories.
“I’m so happy with our team,” said coach Kevin Briancesco. “In the years I’ve been a coach, this is by far the strongest team we’ve ever had.”
This strong team is heading to nationals during the spring semester, which will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. A coach said it has been five years since Valley won its first national championship and it’s time for another. Currently, the team is consists of 24 members, but because of budget cuts, around 14 will be headed to Ohio. The speech team has suffered through budget cuts for many years, and the ASU, along with fundraising, has made it possible for the team to compete.
With a national competition around the corner, the Speech and Debate Team of Valley College is seeking funds to help them compete in Cleveland, Ohio next spring.
“It’s scary (as a coach) having to choose who we send to nationals,” said Briancesco. “It’s a great problem to have, but a tough one when the talent is so strong and everyone deserves to go.”
For those who want to go see the speech team, they are hosting a “Forensic Showcase” today, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. on the second floor of the Admissions and Records building. Members from the team will present their speeches as they prepare for the Phi Rho Pi National Forensic Tournament. Donations are welcome.