Speech and Debate

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@ghchs.com if you have any questions.