Christian College National Championship

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 7:00 am - Monday, March 10, 2014, 7:00 pm
Cal Baptist University

We are very excited to announce that PLNU Sophomores Josh Gilbert and Brandon West have just repeated as National Champions in the Senior Division of NPDA Parliamentary Debate at the Christian College National Championship hosted at Cal Baptist University this past weekend (NCCFA Nationals March 7-10 ,2014).  They first won this honor last year as Freshmen at the National Championship hosted by John Brown University.  Brandon also won the National Champion Title for the Senior Division of NFA Lincoln Douglas (LD) Debate. PLNU Frosh Autumn Schultz won the Championship for the Novice Division of NFA LD debate, and the Point Loma Team won the Second Place Debate Sweepstakes in the Large School Division, behind Kansas Wesleyan University.


Over 25 top Christian Colleges and Universities from across the country were competing at this Championship, as shown below.

Special thanks to professors Melissa Lazaro, and Lorina Schraugher, and alumni Sydney Awakuni, MacLean Andrews, and Ian Sharples for their help in coaching and judging.  We also had the great pleasure of running into one of our very early supporters for this team, Art Shingler and his family, who were there encouraging a niece competing from Minnesota.  

Here are the specific honors won this past weekend by PLNU students:

Second Place Overall Debate Sweepstakes Large School Division to PLNU


Josh Gilbert and Brandon West - Open Division National Champions NPDA Parliamentary Debate

Nick Kjeldgaard (frosh)- Open Extemporaneous Speaking Semi finalist and Fourth Speaker in the Senior Division of NPDA Debate


Autumn Schultz (frosh) - Novice Programmed Oral interpretation, 5th Place

                                  - NFA Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate Champion


Brandon West - Open Impromptu Speaking 3rd Place

                                - Open Division NFA Lincoln Douglas Debate Champion

                                - 8th Place Speaker in Open Division NPDA Parli Debate


Josh Gilbert.      - Open Division NFA Lincoln Douglas Debate Third Place


There are two remaining debate National Championships running next week at Northern Arizona University, co-hosted by another of our recent alums Professor Caitlyn Burford.  

We thank you not only for your support of our current students who are working hard and learning a lot, but also for your support in hosting the tournaments that we offer through the year.  Three of the top award winning PLNU students at this past championship are former home school league speakers introduced to our campus through the Point Loma Classic, or their National Championship hosted at PLNU in previous years.  A number of other top team members were unable to participate due to severe illness or conflicting travel plans.


Here is the list of participating colleges and universities for this years championship:


  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Belmont University (Nashville, TN)
  • Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato, MN)
  • Bethel University (Arden Hills, MN)
  • Biola Univeristy (La Mirada, CA)
  • California Baptist University (Riverside, CA)
  • Carson-Newman University (Jefferson City, TN)
  • Cedarville University (Cedarville, OH)
  • Colorado Christian University (Lakewood, CO)
  • Covenant College (Lookout Mountain, GA)
  • Dordt College (Sioux Center, IA)
  • Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Howard Payne University (Brownwood, TX)
  • Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina, KS)
  • Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA)
  • Malone University (Canton, OH)
  • Northwest Nazarene University (Nampa, ID)
  • Pepperdine University (CA)
  • Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, CA)
  • Saint Mary's College of CA (Moraga, CA)
  • San Diego Christian College (San Diego , CA)
  • Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA)
  • University of the Cumberlands (williamsburg, KY)
  • Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, CA)
  • Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL)
  • Whitworth University (Spokane, WA