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CSUSB Forensics Team Medals at the Griffin Invitational Forensics Tournament

The team has returned from the Griffin Invitational Forensics Tournament in El Cajon, CA with a win! Our American Parli debaters (Melissa Cardonato & Lorena Lemos) took the BRONZE in Novice debate!! This was their very first competition and they walked away with third place after five rounds of debate. An impressive feat! The team worked together as researchers to help them gather stats and information for 20 minutes before each round began (once the topics are announced, the debaters only have 20 mins to prep). CSUSB competed against 18 other schools:1  California Baptist University2 California State University, San Bernardino3 Concordia University Irvine4 Cypress College5 East Los Angeles College6 Glendale Community College of Arizona7 Grossmont College8 Irvine Valley College9 Los Angeles City College10 Mt. San Antonio College11 Mt. San Jacinto College12 Northwestern University Evanston, IL13 Palomar College14 Point Loma Nazarene University15 Rio Hondo Community College16 San Diego Mesa College17 San Diego State University18 University of Arizona 19 University of California San DiegoStudents also competed in IE (individual events) where they had an amazing experience and gained valuable feedback and confidence. Here are the team members and their categories: 

  • Megan Peacock- Novice Dramatic Interp
  • James Fisher- Novice Impromptu
  • Tip McPartland - Novice Impromptu
  • Graciela Ramirez- Novice Dramatic Interp
  • Elizabeth Castillo - Novice Dramatic Interp
  • Rodne Boles-Muse- Novice Dramatic Interp
  • Tejwant Brar - Open Impromptu/ Parli Judge
  • Melissa Cardonato & Lorena Lemos- Novice NPDA

Theresa Salas- IE JudgeIf you see any of these FANTASTIC and hardworking students in the halls, please be sure to congratulate them! It was a successful weekend where the students showcased their talents and dedication as representatives of the Forensics Team, the Department of Communication Studies, the College of Arts & Letters, and Cal State University San Bernardino as a whole. Says Forensics Director Professor Amy Wassing, 'I am so proud of their dedication and success. Go YOTES!!'You can view more photos from the trip through the team Instagram @Coyote_Debate.