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LAVC Speech & Debate Wins 3 Team and 15 Individual Medals at National Championship

Congratulations to the LAVC Speech and Debate Team for bringing home team gold, silver and bronze medals, as well as 5 individual gold, 2 individual silver, 7 individual bronze medals, and the Bossard-Twohy Award for best debater at the Phi Rho Pi National Speech Competition in Daytona Beach, Florida.

LAVC Speech & Debate Wins 3 Team and 15 Individual Medals at National Championship

The Los Angeles Valley College Speech and Debate Team completed at the Phi Rho Pi National Speech Competition on April 9-14, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

The LAVC Speech & Debate Team won a total of one team gold, one team silver, one team bronze, five individual gold, two individual silver, and seven individual bronze medals. In addition, team member Khamani Griffin received the Bossard-Twohy Award by her peers as the best debater. 

"This year, we had nine out of 10 students we brought to nationals bring home medals," notes Kevin Briancesco, head coach of the LAVC Speech and Debate Team. "We had four students come home as individual national champions: Ronnell Evans, Khamani Griffin, Ben Flores, and Sarahi Flores. Sarahi won two gold medals this year and one last year, so she has been a three-time national champion in the just her two years here." 

This year's team included Ronnell Evans, Ben Flores, Sarahi Flores, Moriah Giglia, Jagger Godarzi, Khamani Griffin, Mahin Hossain, Kim Luke, DeLorean Thomas, and Chris Williams. The coaches are Kevin Briancesco, Dr. Joe Faina, Arthur Valenzuela, and Jamie Morgan.

The following is a list of all the Phi Rho Pi Awards received by the team:


Overall Individual Events: 

Overall Medium School: 

Overall Debate Team:


Bosses-Twohy Award for Parliamentary Debate: 
Khamani Griffin


Poetry Interpretation:
Moriah Giglia - Bronze 
Ronnell Evans - Silver

Speech to Entertain:
Ben Flores - Gold
Sarahi Flores - Gold
Moriah Giglia - Bronze 
Kim Luke - Bronze

Duo Interpretation:
Chris Williams / Ronnell Evans - Bronze

Program of Oral Interpretation:
Ronnell Evans - Gold

Persuasive Speaking:
DeLorean Thomas - Bronze

Impromptu Speaking:
Sarahi Flores - Gold
Khamani Griffin - Bronze
Mahin Hossain - Bronze

Individual Debate:
Mahin Hossain - Silver
Khamani Griffin - Gold

If any student is interested in getting involved with the LAVC Speech and Debate team, please contact the team’s director, Kevin Briancesco, at

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Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 4/25/2018 5:00:09 PM