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#MarisaRamirez, star of @Lifetime’s #AgainstTheWall, and #GH’s #DrewGarrett give back to students

by Jim on November 23, 2011 · 0 comments

Marisa Ramirez and Drew Garrett hold up a Sample Ballot at the event.

LOS ANGELES, CA –  Over  175 students had something to talk about at the Rio Hondo College Intramural  Forensics Tournament, held last Friday on the campus in Whittier, California. The annual event,  hosted by the award-winning Rio Hondo Forensics Team, drew a record number of  participants from the college and four local high schools.

Marisa and Drew look on as Rio Hondo College Forensics Coordinator Libby Curiel announces winners. Dr. Michael Pierson-Geiger is to their side.

Students competed in two preliminary rounds and the top speakers  advanced to a final round in four speech categories and debate. New to the  tournament this year was the introduction of several special guest judges  including theater scholar, producer, and director Dr. Michael Pierson-Geiger  who judged the final round of Oral Interpretation of Literature. Joining him  on the surprise “celebrity” judging panel was actress Marisa Ramirez (star of  Lifetime’s cop drama Against TheWall and the hit Starz series Spartacus: Gods  of the Arena) and Drew Garrett who won a 2010 “Outstanding Younger Actor” Emmy  Award nomination for his role on ABC’s General Hospital.

Ramirez, who grew up in Monterey Park, says, “I had an amazing time. So many of my  friends attended Rio Hondo and it was fun to be on campus. The students were  all so impressive.” Other judges, including Rio Hondo administrators and  faculty, evaluated speakers in Parliamentary Debate, Impromptu, Persuasive,  and Informative Speaking.

(from a NOV. 18, 2011 press release)

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