Secretary of the Speech and Debate club junior Gilbert Rosal presented a speech about how ambition could lead to negative outcomes for event of impromptu speaking. Rosal ended with six total ranks and 46 total points out of 50.

Historian of the Speech and Debate club sophomore Raquel Rivera finished with five total ranks and 43 total points out of 50 on her a speech about the role of jewelry in human life for impromptu speaking.


By Jose Orozco

Bonita Vista High School’s Speech and Debate club participated in the Fullerton Sal Tinajero Winter Invitational tournament held at Fullerton Union High School on Saturday Dec. 17, 2016. For this tournament three members of the BVH Speech and Debate club went to the finals for their respective events.

“Fullerton made me want to focus more on speech. Giving speeches on topics that I was passionate about made me realize that it was worth all the effort in developing them,” Speech and Debate treasurer sophomore Katherine Neuner said.

K.Neuner ranked first with a speech on chronic homelessness for the event of original advocacy, placing the highest in any event for BVH. Vice president of debate junior Gilbert Neuner ranked fifth for expository speaking. In addition, vice president of speech senior Mary Talamantez ranked fifth for impromptu speaking. For this event participants receive their topic as form as quote, and have a short time to prepare a five minutes speech.

“In the final round my topic was a quote by Tina Fey about confidence. The tournament was really fun because it is some of the highest quality speech competition that we go against the entire season,” Talamantez said.

Furthermore, secretary junior Gilbert Rosal participated in the duo interpretation, impromptu speaking and oratorical interpretation. For their duo interpretation event, Rosal and junior Tanner Hamilton did an adaptation of the novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

“[In the] semifinals round, everyone was so polished that it almost felt like a finals room. That is definitely what I enjoyed the most,” Rosal said. “Competitively, I saw some of the best duos I have ever seen. Just seeing that type of competition is motivating. It definitely makes me want to work even more at our duo and push us at a greater height.”

Rosal and Hamilton made semifinals for their duo interpretation. In addition, Hamilton went to the semifinals for original oratory. According to Speech and Debate historian sophomore Raquel Rivera, the tournament was a good learning experience for anyone attending.

“[This tournament] is a half-way mark and an indicator for how far we’ve come. It is a difficult tournament, but it also gives an idea of how tournaments will be like, especially nearing state qualifications and the state tournament,” Rivera said.

For this tournament competitors were able to participate in several speech events, and congressional debate.  Freshman Cassandra Ugarte was one of the few new members of the Speech and Debate club who participated in this tournament.

“I did DI, which is dramatic interpretation. Technically, you take a dramatic part or situation from a book or some published work, cut it and interpret it in your own way. You give the characters your own voice and you act out scenes your own way,” Ugarte said.

The tournament served as a way to prepare all Speech and Debate members for their tournament on Jan. 6 and Jan. 8, at the Wolfpack Invitational held at Claremont High School.

“I really liked that even though [the tournament is] a bit far away, you can pack it in one day and you get to learn a lot because it is so competitive,” Rivera said. “You get to see some of the best people in their region and people you will be competing with in the future if you go to higher level tournaments.”