CV Speech and Debate takes road to Nationals

Citrus Valley’s speech and debate team has had a year full of significant achievements and looks forward to continuing their success with nationals coming up.

Miranda Thomson and Emily Fu are the debate captains and Lindsay Neighbors and Loren Bassil are the speech captains.

Thomson stated that the team’s great success is due to the unity the team displays as a whole and how supportive everyone is of each other.

Fu respects her coach, Mr. Curren for all of his “feedback and suggestions for improvement on our speeches.” Fu’s proudest moment of her speech and debate career occurred during her sophomore year. She won 1st place at the Bargain Belt Invitational. Competing with varsity level students, Fu felt accomplished and proud when her name was announced as the overall winner.

The team has had at least two people place at all but one of the tournaments they have participated in. Fu, Thomson, Rhiannon Scray, Isabela Toovey, and Lena Nyguen, have all placed first in their events.

Madeline Thomson stated that “The team has a great sense of leadership and unity which allows us to be so successful in our events.”

Lindsay Neighbors, captain of Speech, participates in Impromptu Defense. Her proudest moment was during the Cypress Invitational when she broke which is a speech term meaning she progressed to Octa Finals for the third year in a row. Her favorite aspect of speech is the opportunities it gives her. She gets to meet tons of people from other schools and has “the ability to give class presentations without being stressed.”

Loren Bassil, captain of Speech, participates in Thematic Interpretation. Under Thematic Interpretation, Bassil picks a script that has been published and then acts it out. Bassil stated that “a lot of freshmen have done significantly well compared to other years.”

A freshman, Rhiannon Scray placed first in Thematic Interpretation at one of their league events. Bassil and her teammates were extremely proud of Scray, as she was a freshman competing with varsity level students and seniors.

With qualification tournaments for state and nationals coming up, the team hopes to have a lot of people qualify for it. Fu plans on hosting topic discussions so her team can understand the issue and formulate arguments. Fu looks to prepare her team even more by having “practice rounds and argument rebuttal drills.” 
For the past four years, at least one person has been sent to compete at nationals, the blackhawks hope to continue this streak.

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