Maranatha Alumnus Wins Two Collegiate Speech Tournaments

Published : Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | 11:47 AM

A Maranatha High School alumnus won first place in a Northern California Collegiate Speech Tournament and second place in a Southern California Collegiate Speech Tournament for his presentations in Dramatic Interpretation for California State University, Northridge.

The two accomplishments of Nick Popham ’11, enabled him to automatically progress to the collegiate national qualifying tournament.

Popham was a member of Maranatha Speech and Debate team and decided to pursue collegiate Speech and Debate competitions as he entered into his sophomore year of college.

He spends his time in extensive travel with his collegiate Speech and Debate team. He has also been donating his time on Fridays this fall as an assistant Speech and Debate coach to Pat Mesisca, Speech and Debate Advisor at Maranatha.

“Watching Nick’s progression in Speech and Debate from his high school success to his collegiate success encourages me,” Mesisca said. “His passion and talent demonstrated for our current students every Friday provides an additional motivation for our team as we continue to build on a legacy of success that Nick and several others helped establish.”

The Maranatha Speech and Debate team entered the 2013-2014 season ranked 13th in the Area and in the Top 100 in the State of California. The team is currently preparing for the upcoming Fall Debate Invitational at Alhambra High School on Saturday, November 23 and the Fall Varsity Speech Tournament at Arroyo on Saturday, December 14.

Maranatha High School is located at 169 South Saint John Ave. For more information, contact (626) 817-4000 or visit

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