State Migrant Speech and Debate Tournament held May 4 - 6, 2018.  

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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools

There's no debate about it - Monterey County students win big

There's no debate about it - Monterey County students win big

Friday, May 18, 2018

Migrant Education students stand with trophies after speech and debate tournament

There's no debate about it - Monterey County students win big at State Speech and Debate Tournament!

Monterey County Office of Education’s Migrant Education students competed at the eighth annual California Migrant Education Program’s State Speech and Debate Tournament in Visalia, Calif. May 4, 5, and 6, 2018, with Chualar School winning first place in Middle School Debate and many students bringing home trophies in the Speech Competition.

The Speech & Debate Tournament offers migrant students an opportunity to compete academically in a safe and supportive environment. The tournament requires migrant students to sharpen their critical thinking, research and public speaking skills. In addition, students must carefully organize information to develop compelling arguments and clearly express their thoughts and ideas grounding them in credible sources. The tournament fosters team work, self-confidence and teaches students to resolve conflicts using thoughtful and strategic language. Over 350 students from 20 California Migrant Regions participated in four rounds of debate or speech.

Speech competitors must compete in both Prepared Speech and Extemporaneous Speech Competitions. First, second, and third place trophies are awarded in each speech category and grade level. Students may compete in either Spanish or English but must use the same language throughout all phases of the tournament.

The debate competition is highly structured and divided into five phases – opening, cross examination, response, rebuttal, and closing. Teams must be prepared to argue the affirmative position and the negative position for the topic provided. This year’s topic for middle school students was, “Tap water is better than bottled water,” and the high school debate topic was, “Solitary confinement is a violation of human rights and should be banned.”

Below are the trophy winners from Monterey County schools! Congratulations to all!

Monterey County, Region 16

Trophy Winners

CategoryLanguagePlaceWinner
6th Grade Speech - PreparedEnglish2ndAmerica Sarabia
Virginia Rocca Barton Elem.
Spanish1stMaria Elena Morales
Virginia Rocca Barton Elem.
6th Grade Speech - ExtemporaneousEnglish3rdAmerica Sarabia
Virginia Rocca Barton Elem.
Spanish1stMaria Elena Morales
Virginia Rocca Barton Elem.
7th Grade Speech - PreparedEnglish2ndKevin Mejia
Gavilan View Middle School
7th Grade Speech - ExtemporaneousEnglish2nd
Spanish3rdDaisy Juan
El Sausal Middle School
8th Grade Speech - PreparedEnglish1stArly Lara
La Paz Middle School
8th Grade Speech - Extemporaneous1st
10th Grade Speech - PreparedSpanish2ndIvan Valdez
Gonzales High School
11th Grade Speech - PreparedSpanish3rdPatricia Rangel
King City High School
11th Grade Speech - Extemporaneous2nd
Middle School DebateEnglish1stRuben Alcantar
Fatima Avelar
Javier Carrasco
David Nery
Chualar School

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