Aztec Invitational, SDSU, San Diego
The PLNU Speech and Debate team participated in its first full service speech and debate tournament of the year this past weekend at San Diego State University. (October 12-13, 2013). Out of a field of nearly 30 colleges and universities from Utah, Arizona, Texas, and California, the Point Loma squad won Second Place Overall Sweepstakes in the four year schools division.
There were a number of highlights to report, but one of the most encouraging outcomes was the emergence of a number of our freshman, from those entering with high school and or home school experience that we had recruited, to walk-ons from the Debate class with no prior forensics experience. We still have much to learn and accomplish, but the potential is promising.
In Open Division of Parliamentary debate (team debate with a different current event topic every round), the team of Christopher Danks and Freshman Caleb Moore won Gold, and in the Novice Division Jordan Hill and Lauren Jacobs won Bronze. For speaker awards in parliamentary debate the following distinctions were won:
Brandon West – 4th Speaker
Stephanie Haas – 7th Speaker
Daniel Robert Spencer – 8th Speaker
Dana Miyashiro – 3rd Speaker (freshman)
In Lincoln Douglas debate (one on one debate with a yearlong topic on primary and secondary educational reform). In the novice division we had a three way tie for first place (Gold) with PLNU freshmen debaters Lauren Jacobs, Jordan Hill, Ben Becker. They were the only debaters in the field to advance to the elimination rounds.
In the Open Division of Lincoln Douglas Debate, five of the 7 debaters advancing to the elimination round were from Point Loma. Winning Bronze awards were Stephanie Haas, Christopher Danks and Brandon West. Winning Silver Awards were Kayla Cook and Daniel Robert Spencer.
In Individual Events freshman Rachel Saunders won Fourth Place in the Open Division of Prose Interpretation.
On behalf of the entire team, we wish to thank the PLNU community and our alumni for your continued support.