Speech and Debate Celebrates Student Achievements at Jack Howe Invitational

Published : Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 2:31 PM

On Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, the Maranatha Varsity Speech and Debate Team competed at the annual Jack Howe Invitational at Cal State Long Beach. The Jack Howe Tournament is listed as a National Circuit Tournament on tabroom.com and speechanddebate.org, so success at this tournament is a great achievement as competition is at the highest level.

Maranatha sent sixteen students to compete in Original Oratory and Dramatic Interpretation speeches and Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas debate. Senior Rebekah Wells presented a moving dramatic interpretation on the life and legacy of Rosa Parks. Jordan Belcher, Mark Sun, Julian Lin, Ashley Yiu, and Matthew Malhotra each performed Original Oratory speeches, but it was Jordan Belcher’s speech about contentment that advanced him to the semi-finals. Jordan is the first Maranatha student in the history of the Speech program to advance to the semi-finals in the Jack Howe Tournament for Speech.

Trinity Moore, Deven Hollimon, Caleb Strong, Hunter McCoy, Natalie Boyadjian, and Madelyn Hernandez competed in Public Forum Debate and Mitchell Yeh, Joel Lee, Jake Anderson, and Richard Witherspoon competed in Lincoln Douglas Debate. At the end of the second day of competition, it was Mitchell Yeh who shined for the Minutemen in the debate category by earning a trophy as a finalist in Lincoln Douglas Debate.

The 2017-2018 Speech and Debate season has been exciting and successful in the first month of competition. Speech and Debate Coach Patrick Mesisca (‘92) said, “I am extremely proud of our Speech and Debate Team. They gave a great effort in preparation over the past several weeks and executed their performances and arguments successfully over the past two days at this highly competitive tournament. It was exciting to see students like Rebekah, Ashley, and Matthew compete at the Varsity level for the first time this weekend while also witnessing some of our veterans like Jordan and Mitchell advance to the semifinals and finals of their competition categories.”

The Speech and Debate Teams will begin preparing for the Fall league tournaments in October. Maranatha students still interested in joining the 2017-2018 Speech and Debate team should sign up with Mr. Mesisca in room AC-217 or contact him at p_mesisca@mhs-hs.org.

Maranatha High School, 169 S. St. John Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 817-4000 or visit www.maranatha-hs.org.






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