A community college debate team has won the National Championship


Santa Rosa Junior College beat UC Berkeley, the first time a two-year institution has won in the 25 years the competition has taken place. From the press release:

Hal Sanford, Director of Forensics, states, “Capturing an unprecedented national title during the 100th Anniversary of our beloved college is truly magic. It underscores how special and privileged we all are to be part of our students’ lives, to behold their personal journey. Competitive critical thinking and public speaking under time pressure are not for everybody, but I have been blessed to witness students select a personal evolution that reflects their wishes and furthers their chosen life path. Sometimes, in the moment, their course may seem unclear, but wisdom and time often connect seemingly disparate dots into a masterpiece, a beautiful and meaningful life.”

It's almost as if there's more to community colleges than vocational training.