The PLNU debate team recently returned from the NPDA National Championship
hosted by Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff Arizona where they
competed against over 150 teams from over 50 colleges and universities
across the country.
Point Loma's team won Fifth place in the yearlong national sweepstakes
race based on how the entire squad performed throughout the year,
against hundreds of other colleges and universities nationwide, such
as Cal Berkeley, University of the Pacific, SDSU, Truman State, the
Air Force Academy, Pepperdine, and Rice University.
This Fifth place nationwide award further solidifies Point Loma's
cumulative number one standing in the yearlong sweepstakes race
over the last 18 years since NPDA has been keeping such records.
The four PLNU teams competing at Nationals were:
Brandon West and Josh Gilbert (2 sophomores)
Chris Danks and Caleb Moore (senior and freshman)
Frank Daniel and Kasey Graves (2 juniors)
Stephanie Haas and Nick Kjeldgaard (senior and freshman)
All four teams performed well, and Josh Gilbert and Brandon West
advanced to the elimination round bracket before dropping on a split
decision to the team from Washburn Univ that went on to drop in finals for
a second place finish. This kept alive a 25 year or longer tradition of having
a PLNU team amass a winning record at Nationals, which qualifies teams to
compete in the elimination rounds.
These four teams together earned enough team wins for PLNU to also be
awarded a 16th Place Tournament Sweepstakes Honor. Recently
graduated debate alumni and peer coaches Sydney Awakuni and McLean
Andrews were a tremendous help coaching and judging for the event.
As our competitive season draws to a close we wish to thank you all
for your continued support of our program, including team coaches like
professors Lazaro and Schrauger, our alumni supporters and
volunteers, other faculty, staff and administrators, and most recently
Dr. Lynn Reaser who joined us as a Forensic Fellow and fielded a ton
of inquiries on all matters economic. Our students debate different
topics each debate round and rely heavily on what they learn in their
classes, especially political and gender theory on inclusiveness this
year, and education, economic and sociology based topics.
Please refer any promising prospects to us for next year from any
major or class. We primarily look for bright, hard workers, that are
competitive and present ideas well in both the written and spoken
word. Those that also possess that ineffable essence of charisma are
often especially effective in forensics, as they are in life. :-).
Please let me know of any strong leads. We are hoping to bring in
more strong recruits to add to our returning members.