In March, the Los Rios Debate Team outperformed other community college teams, reaching the semifinals at the Western Novice & Junior Varsity Championship Tournament hosted by California State University,Sacramento.
Led by Sacramento City College students and City College communications professor and debate team coach, Jared Anderson, Los Rios was the only community college team to reach that level in the competition.
“There are really only two other community colleges in the country that can share the spotlight with us,” says Anderson. Such success is notable, says Anderson.
“We don’t get seniors on our team. We’re doing well in competing with other schools’ seniors in their second year.”
In February, the team also experienced success and challenges at the District 1 Qualifier and Pacific Championship hosted by Pepperdine University at their campus in Malibu.
“We had a lot of great success in the novice division,” says Anderson. “In the varsity [competition], against other teams trying to qualify for [the Nationals competition], we had a tougher time.”
Although the team risks adding losses to its record by competing at the varsity level in some tournaments, its members say they appreciate the experience gained by competing at higher levels.
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