Speech and Debate Team takes sweepstakes at Northern California championship

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Top row, from left: Ashley Johnson, Heather Warren, Brian Locke, Lindsey Ayotte, Sage Russo, Sabrina Sakdikul and Andrew Schwartz. Bottom row, from left: Coach Alexis Litzky and Robin Ponder.

SF State’s Speech and Debate Team outperformed everyone at the Northern California Forensics Association’s regional championship tournament, winning the first-place sweepstakes award, which recognizes the team that accrues the most awards across all divisions and events at the tournament. Robin Ponder, a senior in Sociology, performed so well in debate and individual events that she was named the second-place Overall Speaker at the tournament, held February 7–9 at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton.

SF State winners

First place

  • Robin Ponder: Open Impromptu Speaking
  • Ashley Johnson: Open Prose
  • Robin Ponder and Brandon Pricert: Junior Varsity Parliamentary Debate team
  • Samantha Binley: Novice Policy Debate Speaker

Second place

  • Robin Ponder: Overall Speaker
  • Sabrina Sakdikul: Open Program of Oral Interpretation

Third place

  • Ashley Johnson: Open Dramatic Interpretation
  • Ashley JohnsonL Open Program of Oral Interpretation
  • Heather Warren: Open Prose

Fourth place

  • Robin Ponder: Open Poetry
  • Heather Warren: Open Program of Oral Interpretation
  • Robin Ponder and Ashley Johnson: Open Duo Interpretation

Fifth Place

  • Heather Warren: Open Poetry
  • Robin Ponder: Junior Varsit Parliamentary Debate Speaker
  • John Chin: Junior Varsity Policy Debate Speaker

Finalist Award

Andrew Schwartz: Open Prose


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