Beach Forensics Springs into Action!
Beach Forensics kept its momentum going to ring in the new year. The team competed at several tournaments in the month of January, culminating in a successful start to the new semester!
At the Winter Asynchronous tournament, Isabel Guzman finished in third place in Open Informative Speaking. Noah Christiansen was recognized as the tournament champion in Open Extemporaneous Speaking, and Team President Rebecca Cantor was recognized as the tournament champion in Open After Dinner Speaking! Cantor also placed second in Open After Dinner Speaking and fourth place in Open Persuasive Speaking at the University of Utah Winter tournament!
The policy debate team of Noah Christiansen and Diego Flores competed at the Crowe Warken Naval Academy debates, advancing to the Round of 32 as the 9th seed and finishing in second place overall, upsetting the top seed of the tournament in the Sweet 16. Christiansen and Flores earned victories over the University of Minnesota, Samford University, the University of Kentucky, Liberty University, Emory University, and Dartmouth along the way.
Christiansen and Flores continued their success at the Annual Hannie Schaft Invitational, hosted by Southwestern College. There, Chrstiansen and Flores advanced to the elimination debates as the 2nd seed, being recognized as the second place and fourth place individual speakers. Their run culminated in a second-place overall finish, with victories over the University of Minnesota, Missouri State, the Naval Academy, the University of Texas, and New York University along the way.
Beach Forensics continues its march toward the speech and debate national championship tournaments this spring, and now has several students fully qualified for those tournaments. Stay tuned for more updates as the team prepares for these academically rigorous, challenging tournaments! GO BEACH!