The Point Loma Speech and Debate team competed against 35 colleges and universities at the PSCFA Spring Championship hosted this past weekend at Moorpark College and won First Place in the four year sweepstakes division, with double the points of the Second Place team. Congrats to team president and senior Chris Danks, who won Gold Medals in both NFA Lincoln Douglass Debate, and Team Parliamentary Debate with his freshman partner Caleb Moore, and Fourth Place in Open Extemporaneous Speaking.
In Lincoln Douglas Debate PLNU had 5 students entered in the event (4 in Senior Division, and 1 in Novice). All five PLNU students posted strong preliminary round records and made the cut to the elimination rounds, where they won four Gold Medals and a Bronze.
In Parliamentary Team debate, four of the six PLNU teams advanced to the medal rounds, winning two Golds, two Silvers and two Bronzes. Danks and Moore were named Tournament Champions in the senior division without having lost a single debate.
Named to the PSCFA All-Academic Team from PLNU for maintaining a 3.75 GPA were:
Here are the specific forensics awards won by the students.
Lincoln Douglas Debate:
Senior Division NFA LD Debate:
Caleb Moore– Gold Medal
Chris Danks – Gold Medal
Josh Gilbert – Gold Medal
Nick Kjelgaard – Bronze Medal
Novice Division Parliamentary Debate:
Ben Becker – Gold Medal
In Parliamentary Team Debate: (6 of our 8 teams advanced to the elimination rounds)
Chris Danks and Caleb Moore – Gold Medals (They then won the two follow up debates between the four gold medal teams in semi finals and finals, to be named the tournament champions).
Frank Daniel and Kasey Graves – Silver Medals
Brandon West and Joshua Gilbert – Bronze Medals
Dana Miyashiro and Olivia Neidhart – Silver Medals
Ben Becker and Autumn Schultz - Gold Medals
Katie McSweeney and Emilio Prieto – Bronze Medals
Brandon West – 6th Place Speaker in Senior Division
Autumn Schultz – 9th Place Speaker in Novice Division
Chris Danks – Open Extemporaneous Speaking – 4th Place