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Pictured are (from left) Andrew Europa, Marlo Bourland, Alex Torrez, Chris Benavidez, Janet Brehe Johnson, Milla Lindevall, Emma Kettering, and Isaiah Mahoney. Photo - Jason Hough.

The Las Positas College Talk Hawks speech team won the First Place Community College Sweepstakes Award at their fifth tournament of the season. The Steinbeck Invitational was held at Hartnell College, Saturday, December 9th. Seven LPC students competed against students from 16 different colleges and universities including UC Berkeley, Illinois State University, CSU Chico, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Butte College, University of Nevada, Reno, Solano College, Chabot College, San Joaquin Delta College, San Jose State University, Columbia College, and Modesto College, among others.

The special Sweepstakes Award came with a surprise family of Ducks! Because the LPC team won First Place and their hosts wanted to celebrate this season of giving, the Hartnell College hosts are donating a flock of ducks in the LPC team’s honor to a needy family through Heifer International, an organization that strives to end global hunger and poverty. Duck eggs are a main source of protein in many countries.

Janet Brehe Johnson, director of the Talk Hawks and full-time LPC faculty member for 31 years, proudly states, “This semester team members have compiled and written 19 award-winning presentations, attended five weekend tournaments, won 46 individual awards and three sweepstakes awards, helped teach presentation skills to middle school students from the Young Pedrozzi Scholars program, held an evening performance of their programs with an audience of over 300 people, and read stories to the LPC Childhood Development Center’s children. This hard-working, caring group of students truly gives me hope for our future.”

The following students won individual awards at the Steinbeck Invitational.

Chris Benavidez, Livermore: First Place Novice Persuasive Speaking, Second Place Open Impromptu Speaking, Third Place Open Informative Speaking; Marlo Bourland, Pleasanton: Second Place Novice Extemporaneous Speaking; Andrew Europa, Dublin: Finalist Novice Dramatic Interpretation, Finalist Open Speech-to-Entertain; Emma Kettering, Pleasanton: Finalist Open Speech-to-Entertain;

Milla Lindevall, Livermore: Second Place Novice Prose Interpretation, Finalist Open Informative Speaking; Isaiah Mahoney, Tracy: Finalist Novice Dramatic Interpretation; Alex Torrez, Dublin: First Place Novice Extemporaneous Speaking; Second Place Novice Impromptu Speaking; Finalist Open Persuasive Speaking

In the spring semester, the team will be heading to Daytona Beach, Florida to compete in their National Championships and Montreal, Canada for their International Championships.