This past weekend at C S U Long Beach, the PLNU Debate team won First Place in the NPDA National Championship for parliamentary debate as compiled by the National Parliamentary Debate Association for the academic year 2015 - 2016. The top 31 teams are shown below, out of the 199 colleges and universities that compete in this format of intercollegiate debate, the largest format in the country.
PLNU has won this honor four other times in the past 14 years (2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, and now 2016). PLNU has also won the NPDA National Championship for Tournament Sweepstakes (1999), top speaker at NPDA Nationals (Katie Angliss, 2001), and for the top team that went undefeated through 8 preliminary rounds, and 7 elimination rounds ( Griffith Vertican and Tim Kamermayer, 2007)
Our students also had a tremendous National Championship Tournament this past weekend, winning the 11th place overall sweepstakes award, thanks to three teams advancing to the elimination round. Two other teams narrowly missed advancing to elimination rounds by just one win. And our remaining team just missed by two rounds of the 8 preliminary rounds.
Julia Shotwell and Gabby Kaufman (both freshmen) went 4/4 in the 8 preliminary rounds.
Autumn Shultz and MacKenzie Leveque also went 4/4.
Brandon West and Caleb Moore went 6/2 and advanced to the second Elimination round, after having advanced to the third elimination round of the prestigious NPTE National Championship just a few days earlier. That is almost 20 high powered debate rounds in less than a week.
Nick Kjeldgaard and Thomas Routson went 5/3 and advanced to the second elimination round.
And Freshman Ali Cleveland and Sophomore Montana Massone went 5/3 in preliminary rounds, then advanced through some very trying elimination rounds 1- 3 to finally drop in Octa Finals, beating some outstanding teams along the way and only dropping on a split decision to the Southern Illinois University team that would then advance to the tournament's final round where SIU dropped to William Jewel. This is an amazing accomplishment for two students with so little senior division experience, and promises good things for the future of PLNU debate.
The accomplishments this year and at this tournament for this hard working team are due in large part to the hard work and strong leadership of Professors Lorina Schrauger and Ashley Nuckels Cuevas, Alumni volunteers Kasey Graves and Haley Courtney amongst other alumni throughout the year, and the student leadership of Brandon West and Caleb Moore.
And this yearlong National Championship further solidifies PLNU's hold as the number one team in the nation at an aggregate level for the past 20 years in the year long sweepstakes race from figures compiled from the National Parliamentary Debate Association (available upon request).
On behalf of the students and coaches on the team, we want to thank you all for your continued support of this life empowering activity. We will be sad to say goodbye to our graduating seniors, but are excited to welcome in the next group of recruits to the Point Loma forensics family.
NPDA Yearlong National Rankings 2015 2016
Rank / School / Points
1 Pt. Loma 145.51
2Univ of Texas - Tyler 136.26
3 USAFA 126.83
4 Washburn 121.18
5 Irvine Valley College 118.42
6 Morehouse 117.50
7 Univ of Pacific 116.00
8 Univ of Utah 115.65
9 Univ of Oregon 113.14
10 Santa Rosa Junior College 113.08
11 CSU Long Beach 109.29
12 Lewis Clark College 105.99
13 El Camino Comm College 104.91
14 Concordia-Irvine 104.54
15 Univ Nevada - Reno 100.65
16 Colorado Christian 94.85
17 William Jewell 94.50
18 Western Washington 94.14
19 Cedarville 91.00
20 Modesto Junior College 82.08
21 College of Idaho 81.58
22 Rice 76.51
23 Diablo Valley College 69.14
24 Mercer 68.83
25 Grand Canyon Univ 68.55
26 Tulane University 65.00
27 Texas Christian University 64.17
28 Simpson College 62.92
29 Grove City College 62.75
30 Texas Tech 62.50
31 UC Berkeley 61.67