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Compton College debate students dominate championships

COMS 120 Argumentation and Debate class students have the option to compete in a college-wide debate tournament

Communications Instructor Liza Rios (front, third from left) instructs the Compton College Argumentation and Debate class, which won seven awards at the recent Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association 2017 Fall Championships. Photo: Compton College

Compton College debate students win gold medals, silver medals, Eloquent Speaker awards in parliamentary category

COMPTON — Compton College debate students had an impressive showing during the recent Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association 2017 Fall Championships held at Moorpark College in early December.

The students competed in the parliamentary debate category and took home a total of seven awards. Compton College’s six debate teams were among more than 111 teams competing in parliamentary debate, representing 37 different two- and four-year colleges in California and Arizona.

In the final rankings, the team of Tahnesia Hall, and Gina De Four were undefeated and earned gold medals; and the team of Jorge Zarate, and Kelisha Gonzales earned silver medals.

Eloquent Speaker awards, the cumulative ranking of debate skills went to the following students: Rashida Pittman, second place; Kelisha Gonzales, third place; Tahnesia Hall, fifth place; Deireanne Morales, sixth place; and Eliza Nunez, eighth place.

“The debate tournament was an educationally enriching experience,” said Hall, gold-medal team member. “It was a stimulating way to gain valuable lifetime tools and challenge myself with boundless opportunities.”

Compton Herald | Lisa Rios

“Participating in the Argumentation and Debate class provides students with a life-changing opportunity”– Lisa Rios. Photo: Compton College


The 13 Compton College debate students in addition to Hall, De Four, Gonzales, Zarate, Nunez, Pittman, and Morales, included Candice Earl, Walter Gerard, Mara Jaimes, Alexys Quero, Christine Richardson, and Sergio Ruiz.

Now in its fourth year, the team is coached by Liza Rios, communications instructor. Students enrolled in the COMS 120 Argumentation and Debate class have the option at the end of each semester to compete in a college-wide debate tournament.

“Participating 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.”

COMS 120–Argumentation and Debate (section 9274), satisfies either the Public Speaking (Area A-1) and/or Critical Thinking component (Area A-3) for California State University general education transfer requirements.

Interested students should email Liza Rios or register directly online for the spring 2018 semester at compton.edu.

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