SRJC Forensics Takes Gold and Silver

Tara Kaveh, Staff Writer

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For SRJC’s Forensics Team, six is the magic number.

2013 marks the sixth consecutive year the SRJC Forensics Team placed in the top six nationwide parliamentary debate schools, the sixth consecutive year to win a sweepstakes medal at Phi Rho Pi Community College National Championships in debate, the sixth straight overall top finish in debate for the season and the sixth top 22 finish among all colleges and universities in parliamentary debate.

In addition, SRJC’s forensics team ranked 20th out of 200 participating colleges and universities nationwide.

At the Phi Rho Pi National Community College Championships April 16 to 20 in Woodland Hill, Calif., 60 community colleges competed in debate and individual speeches. More than 417 students and 100 coaches participated in this renowned tournament, where SRJC’s Forensics Team took the Silver Sweepstakes Medal.

SRJC students Jakob Christensen and Mariah Noah won the gold medal in debate against Moorpark.

Christensen and Noah have been a team throughout their forensics career at SRJC and both plan to transfer to four-year universities this fall.

Teammate Macy McClung describes their gold medal win at the Phi Rho Pi Championships: “It was their last debate together as partners and it was the best debate I’ve ever seen. My jaw dropped watching them. There’s no better way to go out than they did.”

In round six at the Phi Rho Pi Championships, McClung herself, along with partner Taylor Dawson, defeated the number one ranked community college team in the nation from El Camino College with a perfect score.

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