What it’s like to be in the Bullard Forensics team

Jacob Markus and Jonah Martinez

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The forensics team is a club located right on this Bullard campus, as well as many others around California. The forensics team, as stated earlier, is made up speech and debate. However, it is not as simple as that; debate is made of POFO, LD, and Policy debate teams, and it is divided by novice and varsity. This year, the forensics teams has a regular amount of people in them, but there is a only small amount of freshman– only 3 freshmen are involved in debate. The team has already done several tournaments, such as Orosi, Edison, Bullard, Sanger, Clovis, and even Stockton! Bassam Salhi, Mike Markarian, and Jordan Waters are the some of the skilled stars of the team. As juniors and seniors, they have been participating in forensics for a long time. Last year, these speech and debate stars and others went to Birmingham, AL, and Fort Lauderdale, FL. The coach and leader of the team is Mrs. Smith. Although she was not available for an interview due to her busy schedule, she is known by her students as fair, debatable, and always wanting her students to succeed– but only if they want to. She has been coaching speech and debate for over 10 years. Dylan Connor is sophomore and is participating in his first year of debate with his lifelong friend, Jake Alvarado. The Bullard Charger had a quick interview with Dylan to see what it’s like to be part of the Bullard forensics team.  

Q: Why did you join forensics”

Dylan: “I started this year. I believed it would help develop essential speaking and argumentative skills that would be needed for the rest of my life.”

Q: How are you enjoying it so far? 

A: “It is great. Me and my friend Jake have extremely improved our speaking ability, and I consider myself more quick-witted and argumentative due to being in this team. It is a club that I am glad to be apart of.”

Q: What is your experience at the tournaments? 

A: “Great! Me and Jake are extremely good debaters, rarely ever losing a match. It’s a great way to meet new people from different schools and then compete against them.”

Q: What’s your favorite part of the matches? 

A: “My favorite part is when it’s over and we can celebrate, whether we won or lost, and shake the hands and congratulate everybody in the room.”

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