SF State Tops CSU, UC Forensics Teams at Annual Season-Opening Event

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Photo of 13 members of the Speech and Debate Team

San Francisco State’s Speech and Debate Team placed fourth overall among four-year universities in its season-opening event on campus September 21 – September 23. The Gators bested all University of California and other California State University campuses that participated.

Other notable results for SF State students who competed in the Golden Gate Season Opener include:

  • Sandy Pham: first place, open impromptu; second place, open extemporaneous speaking
  • Tony Monk and Nico Pesci: second place, novice parliamentary debate
  • Katelyn Gonsalves: second place, novice extemporaneous
  • Katie Cree: second place, novice persuasive
  • Jared Daniel Morin: fifth place, open persuasive
  • DeAnah Moses: finalist, novice speaking
  • Zak Ali: semifinalist, open policy debate

More than 300 students from 30 schools participated in the annual tournament, coming from the Bay Area, Central Valley, Southern California, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona.

“In a time of deep concern over freedom of speech on college campuses, I am proud that forensics offers students a space to cultivate passionate public debate, interpretive dialogue and researched perspectives in a productive and civic practice — an applied method as rigorously reflective as it is competitively engaged,” Forensics Director Teddy Albiniak says.

— Matt Itelson

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Photo: Top row, from left: Teddy Albiniak and Kelsey Duff. Front row, from left: Hector Plameno, Katie Cree, Jared Daniel Morin, Oliver Tripp, Keenan Lewis, Sabrina Ghidossi, Sandy Pham, Katelyn Gonsalves, DeAnah Moses, Arthur Schweitzer and Pablo Ramirez. Photo courtesy of Teddy Albiniak.

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