A First for CMC Speech & Debate Students

    June 1, 2013

    For the first time ever two Copper Mountain College Speech & Debate team members qualified for two prestigious national tournaments.

    First, Matt Evans and Anthony Matthews traveled to Hutchinson, Kansas for the American Forensics Association – National Tournament of Excellence, where Copper Mountain College was recognized for their first time attendance at the tournament.  To qualify for this tournament, students must break into a final round and rank in the top three at three or more regular season tournaments.  Evans qualified in four events and Matthews qualified in two.  The second tournament they traveled to was the National Forensics Tournament in Huntington, West Virginia.  A student qualifies for this tournament by making it to a final round at any regular tournament.  Evans qualified in four events and Matthews had qualified for one.


    Both of these national tournaments are intense and difficult to advance into a final round. The majority of schools in attendance are from four-year universities like: Bradley University, George Mason, Illinois State, Western Kentucky University, Eastern Michigan, Arizona State, Nebraska at Lincoln, California State University Long Beach & Los Angeles, and many more.

    Although Evans and Matthews did not advance to a final round, they received high marks throughout the competition and gained skills to improve for next year’s competitions. Not many community college students have the opportunity to experience AFA or NFA before transferring to a 4-year university.  Evans and Matthews will have a big competitive advantage over other students transferring to CSU, Long Beach because of this experience.

    “Anthony and Matt are like sponges; they soak up everything they experience, they listen to coaching, and apply their newly learned skills with ease and little guidance.” Coach Velarde says. “These two will have firsthand knowledge of what the competition is like on this level and how to be that type of competitor.”

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