Hartnell Speech Team members place and take a trophy

Publish Date: 
Nov 20, 2014

SALINAS, Calif. – The Hartnell Speech Team had its best showing in the team’s history on October 31, 2014 at the Mustang Invitational Tournament, held at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA.


The team was among 18 schools from three states; schools included Rice University, Colorado College, and the University of San Diego. “This is very exciting,” said Coach Jason Hough. “The team members have been doing really well at winning individual recognition. However, an overall team finish is a big step forward for the program.”


The team secured several individual awards, including:

  • Adrian Flores-  1st place Novice Poetry Interpretation - 3rd place Novice Dramatic Interpretation
  • Lourdes Tinajero- 1st place Novice Prose Interpretation - Top Novice Dramatic Duo Interpretation
  • Chris Rendon-  Top Novice Program of Oral Interpretation - Top Novice Dramatic Duo Interpretation
  • Victoria Garcia- 3rd place, Open Communication Analysis
  • Meritzy Ayala- 3rd place, Novice Informative Speaking
  • Sarina Atkins- 6th place, Novice Informative Speaking

The individual results earned the squad a 3rd place overall team trophy, only the second time the Hartnell Speech Team has scored high enough in a combined team effort to secure such an award. The team award is a cumulative score based on individual performances.

The team is heading to UC Berkeley on December 6 and 7, 2014 for their next competition

Photo attached. Front row L to R: Lourdes Tinajero, Chris Rendon, Tanaya Landry, Marc Dover, Adrian Flores. 

Back row: Victoria Garcia, Meritzy Ayala, Andrea Cervantes, Joy Jubane, Sarina Atkins.


Hartnell Community College District

The Hartnell CCD serves over 15,000 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 growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu.