Speech and Debate

Long Beach Speech & Debate Tournament – 9/30/17-10/1/17
After competing at the Cal State Long Beach Speech & Debate tournament, top honors in Open Speech go to Julia Kirkpatrick for placing 5th in Original Advocacy, and Andrew Orellana for Semi-Finaling in Dramatic Interpretation. In Open LD Debate, congrats to Octo-Finalist Ruth Okonkwo. In Novice LD Debate, congrats go to Quarter-Finalist – Tim Meyer, and Octo-Finalist Shane Smith. In Novice PoFo, congrats go to Quarter-Finalists, Diego Borgsdorf & Claire Cho.




Cal State Fullerton Speech & Debate Tournament – 10/13/17-10/15/17
Granada did extremely well at the Cal State Fullerton Speech & Debate Tournament. Top honors in the Open LD Division goes to 2nd Place winner Sonia Hamid. In the Novice Division of LD, we took 9 of the 16 elimination spots and closed out the tournament with Ayush Saha & Sahar Dabirian tying for 1st, and Semi-Finalist Sarah Tran & Tuan Phan. Our Quarter-Finalist were Shane Smith & Timothy Meyer. Our Octo-Finalist were Suzy Andriasian, Katrina Popuvian, & Makia Johnson. Also, congrats to our top 10 speakers, Tuan Phan (2), Sarah Tran (3), Makia Johnson (4), Timothy Meyer (6), and Shane Smith (8). In the Novice Division of Public Forum congrats to Octo-Finalists, Diego Borgsdorf & Claire Cho. Also, congrats to our top 10 speaker, Diego Borgsdorf.




TCFL Fall Congress Tournament – Hart HS – 10/21/17
After competing at the TCFL Fall Congress held at Hart HS, congrats to Lilly Eaves for placing 4th in her House.




TCFL Novice Debate Tournament – Oaks Christian HS – 10/28/17
After competing at the TCFL Novice Debate Tournament held at Oaks Christian, congrats to our undefeated Public Forum winners Diego Borgsdorf & Claire Cho, and our undefeated LD winners, Ayush Saha, Sarah Tran, Katrina Popovian, Shane Smith, & Jasmeet Kaur. Superior winners were Susanna Andriasian, Timothy Meyer, Megha Jain, Sahar Dabririan, Joseph Kim, Andrew Lara, Makia Johnson, Zongze Chen, & Verleen Bilg.




Dear Speech and Debate Parents & Guardians


It is with great pleasure that we welcome you and your student into the Tri-County Forensic League. Speech and Debate is an excellent activity that has the potential to help your student in every aspect of education. Past graduates testify to the immense benefits of participating in Speech and Debate. Most of these students agree that in high-powered courses like AP History, AP English, and many others, Speech and Debate team members have an edge over other students. Because they are familiar with current issues and have already learned research, organization, note-taking, speaking, and critical thinking skills through Speech and Debate, they tend to have an easier time and get better grades.

The success of Speech and Debate participants upon graduation has been phenomenal. Many former speech and debate students have attended prestigious colleges like Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Brown, Georgetown, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA, as well as all of the campuses in the UC and Cal State systems. Wherever they go after high school, they all agree on one thing: Speech and Debate helped them to succeed after high school and they're glad they participated.

Not only is Speech and Debate useful for school, it's FUN! Speech gives students the opportunity to meet a wider variety of students from other schools throughout the area and the state. Because Speech and Debate is very much a team activity, your student will be working closely with other students and forming friendships, learning important social and interpersonal communications skills.

Speech and Debate provides many rewards, but it can also be a serious commitment of time and energy. Parents may find demands placed on their time for transportation, judging, and perhaps, chaperoning. There are associated costs as well: team dues, tournament entry fees, professional wardrobe, travel expenses, etc. We won't fool you and tell you that it's a piece of cake. However, the benefits of participation are invaluable and we are glad to have your student as a part of our league.

You can access important league news and check upcoming tournament dates anytime on the Tri-County Forensic League Website: http://trivalleysite.yolasite.com

Welcome Aboard!




Please contact Coach Jerome Robinson at jrobinson@ghchs.com if you have any questions.