Speech and Debate

CHSSA State Tournament – Cal State Long Beach 5/3/19-5/5/19
Congratulations to our state winners, Megha Jain who placed 5th in International Extemporaneous Speaking, Sarah Shapiro who placed 14th in Expository Speaking, and Ayush Saha for being an Octo-Finalist in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
Cal Lutheran University Invitational – 5/11/19
Congratulations to Sahar Dabirian and Shane Smith for winning 2nd Place in Parliamentary Debate as well winning 2nd and 1st place Speaker awards. Also, congrats to Sahar Dabirian for placing 2nd in Impromptu Speaking.

TCFL Debate Qualifier – Taft 3/1/19 -3/2/19

After competing at the TCFL Debate State Qualifier, congrats to our State Qualifiers –  In LD, Ayush Saha, & in Parli Sahar Dabirian & Shane Smith.  Medalist were Suzy Andriasian, Elizabeth Goryachkovskiy, Cassidy Dalva, & Sarah Shapiro.

TCFL Speech Qualifier – Burbank 3/22/19-3/23/19

Speech state qualifier: congratulations to our speech state qualifiers Diego Borgsdorf qualifying in OA NX and Expos(choosing expos). Sarah Shapiro qualifying in Expos. Sarina Fereydooni qualifying in DI and Semi Finaling in OO. Cassidy Dalva qualifying in IX. Megha Jain qualifying in IX and OO (choosing IX). Sahar Dabirian qualifying in Imp and HI (choosing HI). Also congratulations to Katie Ryu for Semi-Finaling in OPP and DI. Advaith Saraff for Semi-Finaling in Imp. Suzy Andriasian for Semi-Finaling in DI and getting 7th in OPP.

de Toledo Debate Invitational – de Toledo HS – 3/24/19

Congratulations to Cassidy Dalva and Chirayu Kohli for Semi-Finaling in PF and Suzy Andriasian for getting second place in Open LD.

NSDA Speech & Debate Qualifier – Crescenta Valley HS 3/30/19-3/31/19

Congratulations to our 5 national qualifiers Diego Borgsdorf in Informative, Cassidy Dalva in DX, Megha Jain in IX, Sahar Dabirian in HI, Sarah Shapiro in OO. Also congratulations to Sarina Fereydooni for finaling in DI, Suzy Andriasian for Semi-Finaling in DI, and Katie for Finaling in Informative. 

Cal Lutheran University – 2/16/19-2/17/19

After competing at the Cal Lutheran University Invitational, congrats to our close out winners in Novice LD Debate – Chirayu Kowi and Rachel Lee, and Quarter-Finalist – Elizabeth Goryachkovskiy
Harvard Invitational – Harvard University 2/16/19-2/17/19

The speech team had a great (and cold) weekend at Harvard University. A special congratulations to Diego for Octo-Finaling in Informative. Elizabeth Luchinski for Octo-Finaling in POI. Megha Jain and Cassidy Dalva for Octo-Finaling in Extemp. Sarah Shapiro for placing 8th in Informative

Stanford Invitational – Stanford University 2/9/19-2/11/19

The debate team had a great weekend at Stanford University!! Congratulations to Triple Octo- Finalists in JV PF: Cassidy Dalva and Sarah Shapiro, Double Octo-Finalist in JV LD: Sarah Tran, Octo-Finalist: Suzy Andriasian, Quarter-Finalist in JV LD: Ayush Saha, Semi-Finals in JV LD: Chirayu Kowi, Octo-Finalists in JV Parli: Andrew Lara and Ashely Neyra, Quarter-Finalists in JV parli: Sahar Dabirian and Shane Smith. A special congratulations to Sarah Tran for earning 10th place overall speaks in JV LD and Shane for earning top speaker in all JV parli!
James Logan Invitational – James Logan HS 1/19/19-1/20/19

Speechies had a great three day weekend at the James Logan invitational. A special congratulations to Diego and Sarah Shapiro for making it to quarterfinals in Expos and Liza for making it to semifinals in both POI and DI.

TCFL Spring Open Debate – Oaks Christian HS 1/26/19

After competing at the TCFL Spring Open Debate held at Oaks Christian HS, congrats go to our two undefeated winners: Sarah Tran, Tuan Phan. Our Superior winners were Mia Leskovar, Elizabeth Goryachltouskiy, Sahar Dabirian, and Shane Smith.

Peninsula Invitational – Peninsula HS 1/12/19-1/14/19

The GHC Speech and Debate team had a great weekend at Peninsula! A special congratulations to Megha for semi finaling in extemp, Oscar for finaling in Congress, Sahar and Shane for making it to Quarters in Parli, Shane placing 4th in overall speaks and Sahar placing 9th in overall speaks.

TCFL Fall Open IE – Granada Hills Charter HS 12/15/18

Congratulations to our speechies at the TCFL Open Speech Tournament held at Granada! A special congratulations to, Cassidy for picket fencing and placing first in extemp, Sarah Shapiro for picket fencing and placing first in Expos, Elisabeth and Diego for picket fencing Duo interp and placing first, Marialena for picket fencing and placing first in OA, Suzy and Liza for placing 2nd in Duo, Liza, for placing 2nd in DI Sarah Shapiro for placing 3rd in OO, Sahar for placing 3rd in impromptu, Elisabeth for earning a superior certificate in extemp, Katie for earning a superior certificate in OPP, Montanna for earning a superior certificate in DI, Natalie for earning a superior certificate in OA, Claire for earning a superior certificate in OO, Sarina for earning a superior certificate in OO, Maya for earning an excellence certificate in HI, Marvela for earning a excellence certificate in DI, Megha for earning an excellence in OO and extemp, and Elisabeth for earning an excellence certificate in OO. Granada won 2nd in sweepstakes for Originals, 3rd in Interpretation, and 2nd place sweeps overall!

TCFL Winter Congress – 12/8/18 – Taft HS

GHC congress debaters had a great tournament. A special congratulations to Oscar Lam for placing 5th in varsity congress and Sahar Dabirian for placing first in the Novice house.

La Costa Invitational – 12/1-2/18

The GHC speech team had a great weekend at the La Costa Invitational. As a team they won 1st place IE Sweepstakes.  A special congratulations to Paige for Semifinaling in OO, Sarina for Semifinaling  in OO, all 3 of our Duo teams for Semifinaling Liza/Suzy, Diego/Elisabeth, Matthew/Sarah Shapiro, Liza for Semifinaling in DI, Katie for Semifinaling in DI and OPP, and Sahar for Semifinaling in HI and Impromptu. Our amazing finalists were Megha placing 6th in Extemp and 4th in OO. Montana placed 6th in DI. Diego for placing 7th in Expos. Sarah Shapiro for placing second in OO and fully qualifying to NIETOC.

TCFL Fall Open Debate – Canyon HS 11/17/18

After competing at the TCFL Fall Open Debates, congrats to our LD undefeated debaters: Suzy Andriasian and Fuchsia Ullah, and our undefeated Parli debaters: Sahar Dabririan & Shane Smith. Superiors winners were Ayush Saha, Tuan Phan, Chirayu Kohli, and Mia Leskovar.

TCFL Novice IE Tournament - North Hollywood HS 11/3/18

Sarina Fereydooni- 4th in Original Oratory
Montana Schultz- Superior in Dramatic Interpretation
Solomon Baik- Excellence in Original Oratory

TCFL Novice Debate Tournament – Oaks Christian HS – 10/27/18

After competing at the TCFL Novice Debate Tournament held at Oaks Christian, congrats to our undefeated LD winner Fuchsia Ullah. Superior winners were Cassidy Dalva, Sahar Shapiro, Chirayu Kohli, and Sara Blumkin.

TCFL Fall Congress Tournament – Hart HS – 10/23/18

After competing at the TCFL Fall Congress held at Hart HS, congrats to Sahar Dabririan, Solomon Baik, & Oscar Lam for all placing 1st in their respective congress houses.

Cal State Fullerton Speech & Debate Tournament – 10/12/18-10/13/18

CSU Fullerton was a success for Granada’s Debate Team!
Ayush Saha took 2nd in Open LD, Chirayu Kohli took 2nd in Novice LD, Suzy Andriaisian Semi-Finaled in Open LD, Sahar Dabririan and Shane Smith Quarter-Finaled in Open Parli, Sarah Shapiro and Cassidy Dalva Quarter-Finaled in Novice PF, Rachael Lee Quarter-Finaled in Novice LD and Fuchsia Ullah Octo-Finaled in Novice LD. Speaker awards: Cassidy Dalva won 1st place in Novice PF, Sarah Shapiro won 6th place in Novice PF, and Sahar Dabririan won 9th in Open Parli. Congrats to everyone who competed and broke!!

Long Beach Speech & Debate Tournament – 9/22/18-9/23/18

After competing at the Cal State Long Beach Speech & Debate tournament, top honors in Open Speech go to Megha Jain for placing 7th in Extemporaneous Speaking, Sarah Shapiro for Semi-Finaling in Original Oratory, and Marcela Hernandez for Semi-Finaling in Dramatic Interpretation.  In Novice LD Debate, congrats goes to Octo-Finalist 5th Speaker, Chirayu Kohli.  In Novice PoFo, congrats go to Octo-Finalists, Sarah Shapiro (2nd Speaker) & Cassidy Dalva (4th Speaker).

Dear Speech and Debate Parents & Guardians

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you and your student into the Tri-County Forensic League. Speech and Debate is an excellent activity that has the potential to help your student in every aspect of education. Past graduates testify to the immense benefits of participating in Speech and Debate. Most of these students agree that in high-powered courses like AP History, AP English, and many others, Speech and Debate team members have an edge over other students. Because they are familiar with current issues and have already learned research, organization, note-taking, speaking, and critical thinking skills through Speech and Debate, they tend to have an easier time and get better grades.

The success of Speech and Debate participants upon graduation has been phenomenal. Many former speech and debate students have attended prestigious colleges like Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Brown, Georgetown, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA, as well as all of the campuses in the UC and Cal State systems. Wherever they go after high school, they all agree on one thing: Speech and Debate helped them to succeed after high school and they're glad they participated.

Not only is Speech and Debate useful for school, it's FUN! Speech gives students the opportunity to meet a wider variety of students from other schools throughout the area and the state. Because Speech and Debate is very much a team activity, your student will be working closely with other students and forming friendships, learning important social and interpersonal communications skills.

Speech and Debate provides many rewards, but it can also be a serious commitment of time and energy. Parents may find demands placed on their time for transportation, judging, and perhaps, chaperoning. There are associated costs as well: team dues, tournament entry fees, professional wardrobe, travel expenses, etc. We won't fool you and tell you that it's a piece of cake. However, the benefits of participation are invaluable and we are glad to have your student as a part of our league.

You can access important league news and check upcoming tournament dates anytime on the Tri-County Forensic League Website: http://trivalleysite.yolasite.com

Welcome Aboard!

Please contact Coach Jerome Robinson at jrobinson@ghctk12.com if you have any questions.