Forensics Team Heads to the Golden State

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Aspen Nielsen, Birkley Ross, and Kyle Friant enjoy sitting outside in the sunny California weather, as they wait to compete in their debate competitions at Cerritos College, in Norwalk, California. Photo courtesy of Birkley Ross

Aspen Nielsen, Birkley Ross, and Kyle Friant enjoy sitting outside in the sunny California weather, as they wait to compete in their debate competitions at Cerritos College, in Norwalk, California. Photo courtesy of Birkley Ross

On February 12, Snow College’s Forensics team packed their suitcases and drove to California. Nine Snow College students had the opportunity to compete in various speech and debate events at Cerritos College in Los Angeles, California.

Kyle Friant, a member of Snow College’s Forensics team, shared his thoughts about the trip experience, “My favorite part of the competition was being able to debate topics of current significance.”

Forensics team members had the opportunity to learn and bond together as a team during this trip. Forensics team member, Birkley Ross, said, “With our team, you have a group of people that understand each other and are able to work together to solve problems and discuss politics in a constructive manner. This is rare.”

Ross continues, “Not to mention, when you spend ten hours in a car with someone, then a full five days with them you start to get close. I think of the team as more of a family than just a team. We spent time splashing in the pool, eating together, and lifting one another up as we moved through our events.”

The team didn’t have time to sight-seeing while in California, but according to Birkley Ross, “Even though we didn’t do much sight-seeing, we did get to bask in the sun which was a fantastic change from here in Utah.”

Participating in a debate club not only teaches students critical thinking skills, but also teaches the importance of problem solving in a variety of topics. Birkley Ross encourages Snow College students to join the Forensics team because, “it is a place where you can come together and make bonds that last a lifetime, as well as the ability to think for yourself and that is something that is priceless.”

Alyssa Brunson is from Altamont, Utah. She was a member of the yearbook staff at her high school for four years. As a freshman, her hobbies include reading and boating. Her plans for after Snow College include transferring to Southern Utah University as a marketing major.

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