San Jacinto College Speech and Debate take third in National Competition

Feb 1, 2021Melissa Trevizo

The San Jacinto College Speech and Debate Team competed virtually in a national debate tournament hosted by Hofstra University and Nassau Community College in New York last December.

The competition welcomed 24 teams from community colleges and universities nationwide, including Cornell University, Ithaca College, University of Nebraska, and Liberty University.

"To say this was a tough tournament is an understatement," said Floyd McConnell, San Jacinto College speech professor and director of forensics. "Our team did very well overall."

Debate team member Samantha Nava made it to the final round in the debate, receiving second place overall.

As a team, San Jacinto College received third place in debate sweepstakes and third place in community colleges.

"It has taken the team some time to adjust to the virtual tournament format," said McConnell. "I am extremely pleased and proud of our team and the hard work they have put into the competition."

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