CUI Forensics Profile: Angelica Grigsby

September 23, 2019 - 2 minute read

Angelica Grigsby

Graduation year and major

I graduated from Concordia in 2014 with a BA in Communication Studies.

What was your favorite thing about being a part of Concordia Forensics?

When I competed the speech side of the team was really small, so being able to all fit in one vehicle for most tournaments made for a fun time. One of my favorite memories from one of these trips was when we stopped at a convenience store in some small town we were in. All of us had returned to the car except for Whitney Gamble, who was driving. We all watched as she walked out of the store and in the direction of our car. To our surprise, she turned toward the car to our left and proceeded to open the driver side door and begin to get in. It wasn’t until she looked up and saw the woman she didn’t know in the passenger seat that she realized that she had gotten into the wrong vehicle. Those of us in the correct car, which did look very similar to this family’s car, were dying laughing when Whitney finally got in the correct vehicle and demanded to know why we let her do that.

What did you accomplish as a member of Concordia Forensics of which you are most proud?

Winning the first sweepstakes championship for CUI debate at the 2013 National Parliamentary Debate Association Championship was a proud moment.

What’s a fond memory of Concordia that you hold?

Sitting in the cafeteria cramming as much of the team at a single table as we possibly could. Sharing meals with the team made me feel like I belonged there.

What, in your opinion, makes Concordia Forensics unique from other forensics programs?

CUI is, of course, concerned with being competitive as a team, but the competitive drive has never been allowed to be more important than the well-being of the students. For a larger program this is unfortunately more unusual than it should be.

Tell us a little bit about your current or most recent job.

I am currently employed by the Maricopa County Community College District as their district-wide coach for the speech and debate team. In addition to the traditional work with students to help them be prepared for tournaments, I also travel around the district recruiting students from various schools and return to those campuses to have coaching hours.

What part of speech/debate have you found the most useful in your career?

As a forensics coach the part of my experience as a competitor that has been most useful to me has been in being able to relay stories about my own struggles and growth. Starting something new is always daunting but speech and debate can be especially so and it seems to give them reassurance that someone who experienced some success in the activity struggled in the same way they are now.

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