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SF State Speech and Debate Team
prepares for national tournament



Matt Itelson
SF State Office of Public Affairs & Publications
(415) 338-1665


Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


GREAT VISUALS AND SOUND: Team's public showcase event March 28 will feature dramatic, persuasive, humorous speeches and interpretations on competitive eating, Mayan calendar, more

WHAT: San Francisco State University’s Speech and Debate Team, which has taken home several national championships in recent years, is preparing to compete in a variety of individual events at the 2007 American Forensics Association national tournament next weekend in Minnesota.

The team will hold its annual Forensics Showcase for the public Wednesday, March 28. The event features award-winning student speeches that combine persuasive argumentation with humor and theatre.

Highlights will include:

  • an oral interpretation of excerpts from such notable moments in celebrity justice as the police report of actor Mel Gibson's 2006 drunken driving arrest and court testimony from the Michael Jackson child molestation case, performed by senior Kimmie Sakamoto;
  • an after-dinner speech -- a type of persuasive speech that uses humor -- on competitive eating contests, performed by senior Megan McCallister and accompanied by a plate of miniature hot dogs; and
  • an informative speech by junior Lisa Rau on the modern-day implications of the Mayan calendar end-date, in 2012.

WHO: Four SF State Speech and Debate Team members who will compete in the 2007 American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament.

WHEN: 2:30 - 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 28

WHERE: Room 133 (auditorium), Humanities building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave. (at 19th Avenue), San Francisco


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