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LAVC Speech Team Brings Home the CCCFA State Championship!

Congrats to the LAVC Speech and Debate Team on winning the state championship award (called the Jim Miller Perpetual Sweepstakes Award) at the California Community College Forensic Association's 2017 State Tournament. In addition, the team won a total of 6 gold individual medals, 1 silver individual medals and 9 bronze individual medals at the tournament.

LAVC Speech Team Brings Home the CCCFA State Championship!

The LAVC Speech and Debate Team were named the state champions after earning the Jim Miller Perpetual Sweepstakes Award at the California Community College Forensic Association's (CCCFA) 2017 State Tournament on March 9-12 in Woodland Hills, California. 

The Jim Miller Perpetual Sweepstakes Award, which the state championship award, is given based on the combination of multiple years of excellence in performance and the points from this year’s competition. This is the third time LAVC has won the prestigious state title; the first time was in 1975, and the second in 1999. 
After 5 long days at the statewide competition for California community college students, the Valley Speech & Debate team walked away 6 gold medals, 1 silver medal, and 9 bronzes, with over ¼ of the state's individual event champions coming from our squad. 
Seniors Evan Feldman, Mahin Hossain, and Maia Gaboian all finished the tournament ranked as one of the top 12 speakers in the entire state. Evan won gold in Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking for the second straight year, and bronze in IPDA Debate, Maia won gold in Dramatic Interpretation and bronzes in Duo Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation, and Mahin won gold in Extemporaneous speaking, and bronze in IPDA Debate, and Impromptu Speaking.
For the individual year’s performance, Valley’s public speaking events ranked second in the state to Orange Coast College (OCC), narrowly edging out the competition and our combined speech and debate ranked fourth behind OCC, Moorpark College, and Diablo Valley College.
The following is a list of the medals earned in each category by the 9 members of the LAVC Speech and Debate team:

Extemporaneous Speaking:
Evan Feldman – Gold
Mahin Hossain – Gold
Sarahi – Bronze

Dramatic Interpretation:
Maia Gaboian – Gold
Vahan Aslanyan – Gold

Duo Interpretation:
Amy Lynn Perea / Maia Gaboian – Bronze

Informative Speaking:
Ben Flores – Bronze
Sergio Martinez – Bronze

Impromptu Speaking:
Evan Feldman – Gold
Mahin Hossain – Bronze

IPDA Debate:
Evan Feldman – Bronze
Mahin Hossain – Bronze

Poetry Interpretation:
Maia Gaboian – Bronze

Program of Oral Interpretation:
Ronnell Evans – Bronze

Speech to Entertain:
Amy Lynn Perea – Gold
Ben Flores – Silver

The team is coached by Kevin Briancesco (director of speech and debate), Dr. Joe Faina, and LAVC speech alumnus Arthur Valenzuela.

The LAVC Speech and Debate Team will compete at the Phi Rho Pi National Speech & Debate Competition in Washington D.C. on April 10-15, and looks to build on last year’s national team silver medals in Individual Events and Overall Sweepstakes. In addition, the team will have a showcase of its top events following nationals on Wednesday, April 26 and Friday, April 28 at 3 p.m. in the Fireside Room of the Campus Center building.

The LAVC Speech & Debate team wishes to thank the continued support of the college's administration and the LAVC Associated Student Union (ASU). 

If you would like to be a member of the LAVC Speech and Debate Team, sign up for Communications Studies 106 – Forensics, or contact the team's director at


Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 4/5/2017 5:00:13 PM