Debate team is arguably one of the best

The San Jacinto College North speech and debate team, displaying some of their many trophies, includes (from left) Floyd McConnell (faculty advisor), Amanda Alexander, Tyler Cashiola, Ian Jacoby, Jesus Villegas, Austin Cain, Jason Savoie, and Leigh-Anne Williams (faculty advisor).

The San Jacinto College North speech and debate team, displaying some of their many trophies, includes (from left) Floyd McConnell (faculty advisor), Amanda Alexander, Tyler Cashiola, Ian Jacoby, Jesus Villegas, Austin Cain, Jason Savoie, and Leigh-Anne Williams (faculty advisor).

Under the guidance of instructors Floyd McConnell and Leigh-Anne Williams, the North campus speech and debate team has become arguably one of the best in the nation (no pun intended).

A pair of student teams from the College recently earned spots on the top 50 rankings by the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (NPTE). In the latest listing, the two-member team of Ian Jacoby and Tyler Cashiola ranked 13, while the two-member team of Amanda Alexander and Jason Savoie achieved a NPTE ranking of 46. San Jacinto College North was the only two-year college in the nation with students ranked in the top 50. All the other teams in the top 50 represent four-year colleges and universities.

Achieving a national ranking in the top 50 is extremely rare and very difficult for any two-year college, according to Floyd McConnell, faculty advisor for the San Jacinto College North speech and debate team (which is also called the forensics team). “In fact, it’s so difficult that it’s almost impossible,” McConnell commented.

Kudos to Floyd and Leigh-Anne for their dedication, and congratulations to the North campus forensics students. Their diligence and hard work are really paying off!