Speech and Debate


La Costa

La Costa

La Costa Canyon HS Invitational – 12/9/16-12/10/16

After competing at the La Costa Canyon HS Invitational, congrats to Andrew Orellana for placing 1st in Dramatic Interpretation & Semi-Finalist, Gurbir Singh, in Thematic Interpretation. In debate, congrats to Semi-Finalist, Ruth Okonkwo –also 7th speaker- in Lincoln-Douglas.

TCFL Fall Open

TCFL Fall Open Debate – Canyon HS 10/19/16
 After competing at the TCFL Fall Open Debate held at Canyon HS, congrats to our undefeated in Public Forum, Ruby Lee & Evelyn Juaregui, and in Lincoln-Douglas, Manpreet Parmar, Gurbir Singh, Vikas Chauhan, Ruth Okonkwo, Luis Gallardo, & Angela Rosario. Our Superior winners were Elizabeth Claypool, Salwa Hossain, Jeremy David, Kenneth Lam, James Kim, Sonia Hamid & Jesse Vasquez.



TCFL Novice Speech Tournament – Taft HS 10/29/16
Congratulations to the speech team on their successful performance at the TCFL Novice tournament this past weekend, taking 3rd place overall. First place in Dramatic Interpretation Camille Green and Extemporaneous speaking Timothy Meyers; Third place in Original Prose and Poetry Grethel Muralles; Third place in Dramatic Interpretation Dalton Wiggins; and honorable mentions in both Dramatic interpretation and Original Oratory.


TCFL Novice Debate – Oaks Christian 10/22/16 After competing at the TCFL Oaks Christian Novice Debate tournament, congrats to our undefeated winners, Jiseon Choi, Masih Tazhibi, Jeremy David, Gigi Mkchyan, Betty Thai, and Arshiya Dhiman. Also, to our Superior winners Jesse Vasquez, Ruth Okonkwo, James Kim, and Kathy Ceron.

Cal State Fullerton Speech & Debate Tournament – 10/14/16-10/16/16
The Speech & Debate team did exceptionally well at the Cal State Fullerton Speech & Debate Tournament. In Speech, a special congratulations to Dalton Wiggins receiving 2nd place in Novice Dramatic Interpretation, Gurbir Singh and Luis Gallardo receiving 2nd place in Varsity Duo Interpretation, Ruth Okonkwo receiving 3rd place in Varsity Thematic Interpretation, and Cory Cunanan- semi-finalist in Varsity Impromptu speaking.

In Debate, we picked up 18 trophies with congrats in Open LD to Semi-Finalist, Vickas Chauhan, Quarter-Finalist, Luis Gallardo, and Octo-Finalist, Elizabeth Claypool, Manpreet Parmar, Arali Seneviratne, and Gurbir Singh. In Open Parli, congrats to Quarter-Finalist, Mohib Jafri/5th Speaker, & partner Cory Cunanan/7th Speaker. In Novice LD, congrats to our Close Out Champions, Masih Tazhibi & Ruth Okonkwo, Semi-Finalist, Jeremy David, Quarter-Finalist, Gigi Mkchyan, and Octo-Finalist, Betty Thai & Sonia Hamid. Finally, congrats in Novice PoFo to Octa-Finalist, Sina Azizi & partner Brian Zamora.

TCFL Congress

TCFL Congress

TCFL Congress – Hart HS 10/8/16
After competing at the TCFL Congress Tournament held at Hart HS, congrats in JV goes to Superior Speaker, Tara Foroughi. In Novice congrats to Judges’ Top Speaker, Elizabeth Claypool, Judges’ Best Speaker, Masih Tazhibi, Superior Speakers, Salwa Hossain & James Kim, and Excellent Speaker Andrew Orellana.


Long Beach Speech & Debate Tournament – 9/24/16-9/25/16

After competing at the Cal State Long Beach Speech & Debate tournament, congratulation in Speech goes to Andrew Orellana for advancing to the Semi-Finals in Open Dramatic Interpretation. In Debate, Congrats in JV Lincoln-Douglas go to Octo-Finalist Luis Gallardo and 7th Speaker Salwa Hossain. In Novice LD, congrats to our winner Arshiya Dhiman, our 2 Semi-Finalists, Ruth Okonkwo/3rd Speaker & Jeremy David, our Quarter-Finalist, Masih Tazhibi, our Octo-Finalists, Gigi Mkchyan & Sonia Hamid, and our 7th Speaker Betty Thai.

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.