Grossmont Forensics Squad hosts 18th annual Griffin Tournament

Russell Lindquist

Russell Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — The speech and debate squad is studying comments from judges following the 18th annual Griffin Tournament that brought 23 college teams to the campus Nov. 19-20.

Asma Eweida and Jonathan Parker each won two awards in the tournament, and Jonathan Smith collected another for the Grossmont team.

Eweida’s awards were Finalist in Open Division Persuasive Speaking, and 9th Place Speaker Award in Parlimentary Debate. The team of Parker and Smith won Bronze in Novice Parliamentary Debate, and Parker collected the 7th Place Speaker Award in Parlimentary Debate.
Judges write comments on their ballots following an event; Grossmont competitors and their director, Roxanne Tuscany, are now carefully studying these comments to learn how their performances might be improved.

As in the previous 17 years, the Griffin Tournament was held  at Grossmont with Tuscany coordinating the event.

Tuscany is Grossmont’s director of Forensics (Speech and Debate), in addition to being an  instructor of Communications.

The 23 teams that competed represented both two- and four-year institutions from California, Arizona and Texas. They met for 12 types of speech and debate events.  These included  in the general category of  platform speaking: Persuasive Speaking; Informative Speaking; After Dinner Speaking;  Communication Analysis.  In the category of Oral Interpretation, events are:
Drama Interpretation;  Dramatic Duo;  Poetry interpretation;  Prose interpretation; and Programmed Oral Interpretation. 

In the category involving limited preparation time: events were Impromptu Speaking;  Extemporaneous Speaking.

And, of course, Parliamentary Debate.

For more information on these events, check out Grossmont’s Communication Department’s web page for Speech and Debate:

Among the faculty whom Tuscany especially thanked for judging or assisting at the tournament were Nancy Jennings, Denise Schulmeyer, Jade Solan and Sheri Strothers. Tuscany also especially thanked student-assistants Dan Jones and Frank Lake.

Grossmont’s team had many first-time competitors at the 18th annual Griffin tournament, including: Gabriela Johnson (Debate), Victoria Olango (Programmed Oral Interpretation), Griselda Quintero (Impromptu Speaking), Morgan Rain (Poetry), and Alexandria Rivera (Speech to entertain).

Lindquist is a student in Media Comm 132