Compton College 'Wonder Women' of Debate Win Top Honors

Compton College Speech and Debate Team Wins Top Honors

Seven Compton College Argumentation and Debate students recently competed in the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association (PSCFA) Cool-Off Tournament at Cerritos College alongside representatives from 21 community colleges and universities. All three Compton College debate teams participating won gold. Debate topics included increasing tariffs, moderate vs. progressive political stances, and providing aid to Venezuela.

Prior to all three of Compton College's parliamentary debate teams advancing to the final round, all teams debated in five rounds, each covering a different social issue. The main competition for the Compton College students was debate teams from Mt. San Jacinto College, Cerritos College, and Cypress College. The three Compton College winning teams were: Alaya Zoppa/Lilia Resendiz/Maira Castro, Jordan Hixon/Valerie Lara, and Kameisha McNeese/Janet Nunez.

"Winning team gold was the icing on the cake, but the real treat for me was being acknowledged as Top Eloquent Speaker," said Jordan Hixon, Compton College Debate Team member. To me, it means that not only do I have a voice, but also one that commands attention. From this experience, I learned that the encouragement from my professor, Liza Rios, and preparation with fellow classmates was something no other school possessed. I want to thank my professor and classmates; my award was an award for us all and I humbly accept it as a proud Compton College student."

In addition to the team debate awards, all of the debaters at the tournament were selected in rank order for the Top 10 Eloquent Speakers competition. Compton College earned five out of the 10 Eloquent Speaker awards: Jordan Hixon placed first, Valerie Lara placed second, Janet Nunez placed third, Kamiesha McNeese placed fourth, and Lilia Resendiz placed sixth. "Participating on the Speech and Debate Team, as well as in the Argumentation and Debate class, provides students with a life-changing opportunity of having a voice and using their critical-thinking skills to express their arguments in the debate forum," said Rios. My class curriculum is designed so each student has about 10 debates under his or her belt before the end of the semester. The skills these students develop can serve them for a lifetime."

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