Hartnell’s Speech Team continues to make history

Publish Date: 
Mar 15, 2017

Hartnell’s Speech Team continues to make history

SALINAS, Calif. – Hartnell Community College District is proud of our Speech Team for qualifying five students into the most awaited national competition after a great showing at state championships. These students have qualified for the Phi Rho Pi National Community College Tournament in Washington, D.C. on April 9-15, 2017. This is a first for Hartnell College.

At the state championships in Woodland Hills, CA, March 8-12, 2017, three students took bronze awards, earning each an automatic berth to the national tournament. They are:

  • Casie Guido, Bronze, Poetry Interpretation

  • Lourdes Tinajero, Bronze, Program of Oral Interpretation

  • Paola Delgado, Bronze, Informative Speaking

In addition, Meritzy Ayala in Communication Analysis and Enrique Lopez in Prose Interpretation ranked high enough during the regular competition season to qualify.

“I am so excited for the students,” said Coach Jason Hough. “I really attribute the success of the students at the state championships to the addition of my new Co-coach, Daniel Lopez.”

Lopez began his position as the new forensics (competitive speech) coach at Hartnell College in January. He has a rich history coaching students for national speech competitions.

“Forensics is an activity that helps students discover they are powerful,” said Lopez. “As an educator, I believe that is the most rewarding feeling I can offer a student.”  

The Speech Team will be presenting a public Showcase on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 3:00 – 5:15 p.m. in Room 125 - Building K at Main Campus.  This will be a performance of season works to raise funds for the Speech Team. Admission is $5 and seating will be on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email Coach Hough at jhough@hartnell.edu.

Hartnell Community College District – established in 1920

The Hartnell CCD serves over 17,000 students annually through its main campus in Salinas, the Alisal Campus in East Salinas, the King City Education Center, and various outreach learning centers throughout the Salinas Valley. Hartnell College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, provides workforce training, basic skills courses, and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Hartnell College is recognized for its innovative public and private partnerships that support world class STEM education, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities, and athletics. We are proud to be the winners of the Innovation Award for CSin3 – a Computer Science degree in three years.  We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu.  ###