CMC Speech & Debate Team Students Qualifies for Two National Tournaments

    April 18, 2013


    The CMC Speech and Debate team has been practicing and participating in tournaments all season.  In the past three months the speech and debate students have flourished beginning with the Utah-Long Beach Swing where Matt Evans received two 1st Place trophies for Communication Analysis, two 1st Place trophies in Informative Speaking, and 4th in Prose Interpretation.   Anthony Matthews received 1st Place in Junior Poetry and Impromptu Speaking.

    The team was also successful at the Winter at the Beach Swing where Matt received 3rd and 4th in Informative and 3rd Place in Communication Analysis and Anthony won Poetry Interpretation.  Next, the team traveled to Southwestern College where Matt placed 4th in Communication Analysis receiving 2nd Place in Communication Analysis at the Golden Cowboy event at CSULA.

    Concluding the regular season, the team attended the Pacific Southwest Communication Forensics Association Spring Championship Tournament where Copper Mountain traditionally has 2-3 students in the final round of Cultural Artifact.  Following tradition, Anthony received 3rd and Matt received 2nd Place!  Additionally, coach Velarde nominated Matt Evans for the Bovero Award.  This award is given to an exceptional student who is helpful to their coach, peers, and community.  Matt Evans received a $200 scholarship as a runner-up for this award.

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    During the Last Chance Tournament at CSU, Northridge, Matt was a finalist in Prose and received 3rd in Persuasive Speaking and Anthony received 2nd in Poetry.

    Most recently, Matt and Anthony participated at the California Community College Forensics Association State Tournament in Woodland Hills, CA. Matt Evans placed 7th in Prose Interpretation of Literature and was only one point from the final round of Communication Analysis.

    As a result of their efforts, Matt and Anthony will be the first students to qualify for two national speech tournaments: The American Forensics Association- National Individual Event Tournament in Kansas and The National Forensics Association Tournament in West Virginia.

    The team is very grateful for the financial support from the Copper Mountain College Foundation and to have the opportunity to represent CMC at these tournaments.  Matt Evans says, “Going to nationals is a great learning opportunity and we are thankful to have the support of the Foundation as well as the campus community, and the understanding and support of our professors.”
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