The Point Loma Speech and Debate team competed against 34 colleges and universities at the PSCFA Spring Championship hosted this past weekend at Moorpark College. Six of our teams advanced to the elimination rounds, with the Senior team of Caleb Moore and Brandon West winning First Place going undefeated in four preliminary rounds and four elimination rounds. And after correcting for a tabulation error it was discovered that Brandon won Top Speaker, and Caleb won Second Place Speaker.
Congrats also to team president and senior Brandon West who won the Bovero Award Second Place award for top seniors throughout their PSCFA four year career, and a cash stipend.
This week Brandon was also named to American National Team with two other American Debaters to debate the Irish National Debate team in a long standing ceremonial exhibition match to be held at NPDA Nationals next month at CSU Long Beach.
In Parliamentary Team debate, six PLNU teams advanced to the medal rounds, winning three Golds, one Silver medal and two Bronzes.
Named to the PSCFA All-Academic Team from PLNU for maintaining a 3.75 GPA and competing in a full slate of tournaments were:
Jack Gillette, and
Here are the specific forensics awards won by PLNU students.
In Parliamentary Team Debate: (6 of our teams advanced to the elimination rounds)
Caleb Moore and Brandon West– Gold Medals (They then won the two follow up debates between the four gold medal teams in semi-finals and then finals, to be named the tournament’s overall champions).
Nick Kjeldgaard and Thomas Routson – Silver Medals
Jack Gillette and Karina Guerrero– Bronze Medals
Ali Cleveland and Montana Massone – Bronze Medals
Diana and Genevieve Aguilar– Gold Medals
Heritage Ganasi and Hannah Snowden – Gold Medals
Brandon West – 1st Place Speaker in Senior Division
Caleb Moore – 2nd Place Speaker in Senior Division
Genevieve Aguilar 2nd Place Speaker in Junior Division
Although we had slipped to 2nd place in the NPDA National Sweepstakes race last week based on a tournament that we could not attend, we believe that this tournament’s results should have moved us back into first place, at least temporarily. There are strong competitors doing well, and several weeks still remaining in the season. Fingers crossed.
Special thanks to Professor Lorina Schrauger, and alumni Kasey Graves and Haley Courtney and all the students for their hard work. We had a great time, learned a lot, and had some great interactions with students. And thanks to each of you for your continued support of these students.