PLNU debaters represented Point Loma well at this past weekend's PSCFA Spring Championship hosted by Moorpark College for 30 colleges and universities mostly from Southern California and Arizona, but from as far away as Eastern Michigan. Noteworthy honors for PLNU students include:
Two students named to the all academic team (Olivia Neidhardt and Jack Gillette) which requires a very high GPA and strong participation in forensics.
PLNU Senior and team President Frank Daniel was awarded the prestigious Bovero Award given to the community's top Senior, based on not only competitive excellence but also on service to the school and overall community. In addition to a nice award, Frank also received a monetary scholarship.
Due primarily to budgetary restraints we only participated in Parliamentary Debate at this tournament, but the students still competed at a high level.
Juniors Brandon West and Joshua Gilbert won Gold Medals in the Senior level Championship through winning their Octa final, Quarter final, Semi Final and Final rounds.
Also advancing to elimination rounds and winning Silver Medals in Senior Parliamentary debate by winning their first elimination rounds were the teams of Nick Kjeldgaard and Kasey Graves, and Caleb Moore and Frank Daniel.
Winning a Bronze medal in the Novice division was the team of Lillian Jenner and Ebanezare Tadele.
Winning top ten speaker awards were the following PLNU students grouped by experiential division:
3rd Place in Senior - Frank Daniel
4th Place in Senior - Nick Kjeldgaard
6th Place in Senior - Brandon West
10th Place in Senior - Josh Gilbert
9th Place in Junior - Alan Jacques
6th Place in Junior - Thomas Routson
2nd Place in Novice - Montana Massone
3rd Place in Novice - Zach Springer
7th Place in Novice - Kristen Rosenthal
9th Place in Novice - Ebanezare Tadele
This concludes our normal competitive season and we just have a few national championships to attend in Colorado and Missouri.
PLNU is currently ranked 5th Place in the Yearlong National Sweepstakes Race, which includes colleges and universities of all sizes from schools as small as ours or smaller, to the U C Berkeleys and UCLAs throughout the country, also including University of Notre Dame, Wheaton, several military academies, etc.