In our last regional tournament of the year with only Nationals to go, the Point Loma Speech and Debate team captured the top Sweepstakes award against all 34 colleges and universities at the PSCFA Spring Championship hosted this past weekend at Cal State University of Long Beach. For time and budgetary reasons we only participated in two of the three days of events. This was a repeat of the team’s 4 year tournament sweepstakes win in PSCFA Fall Champs.
7 of our 10 teams advanced to the elimination rounds. In Parliamentary Team debate, PLNU teams won 3 Gold Medals, 2 Silver Medals, and 2 Bronze medals. The senior team of Caleb Moore and Thomas Routson won First Place going undefeated in four preliminary rounds and four elimination rounds. PLNU had the same medal count in the one on one debate events as well.
Congrats also to team president and senior Caleb Moore who won Second Place for the prestigious Bovero Award, which came with a nice scholarship. The award is for only two top seniors from the entire Southern California PSCFA community, and is based on competitive excellence, character, and community service throughout their four years in the activity. Thanks to the coaches, judges, and alumni for their help and support.
Named to the PSCFA All-Academic Team this year from PLNU for maintaining a 3.75 GPA and competing in a full slate of tournaments were:
Here are the specific forensics awards won by PLNU students.
In Parliamentary Team Debate:
(6 of our 7 Open teams advanced to the elimination rounds, resulting in 4 of the 8 teams in Quarters and 3 of the 4 in Semis all representing Point Loma Nazarene University)
Caleb Moore and Thomas Routson Gold Medalists – and tournament Champions
Nick Kjeldgaard and MacKenzie Leveque Gold Medalists – dropped in Semi Finals
Ali Cleveland and Gabby Kaufman Gold Medalists – dropped in Semi Finals
Sam Jones and Heritage Ganasi Silver Medalists
Montana Massone and Julia Shotwell- Bronze Medalists
Lucie Gillette and James Laky- Bronze Medalists
Hannah Kurowski and Jake Bikle - Silver Medalists
Senior Division –
Caleb Moore – Top Speaker
Julia Shotwell – Third Speaker
Nick Kjeldgaard – Sixth Speaker
Novice Division –
Aiden Carlson – Tenth Speaker
In Open Division Lincoln Douglas debate,
Julia Shotwell - Silver Medalist
In Open Division IPDA Debate:
MacKenzie Leveque - Gold Medalist
Sarah DiSalvo - Silver Medalist
Caleb Moore - Bronze Medalist
In Junior Division IPDA:
Hannah Kurowski – Gold Medalist
Nathanial Hosmer – Gold Medalist
Sam Jones - Silver Medalist
Jake Bikle – Bronze Medalist
There will only be Nationals in Colorado remaining for selected team members for this year's competition. Thanks for your continued support.