Cougar Classic Azusa Pacific
On October 16-17, the PLNU speech and debate team competed at the Azusa Pacific speech and debate tournament with 35 other colleges and universities primarily from the western states. In debate, four of our eight teams advanced to the elimination rounds, with each of our remaining teams merely one win away, or less, from advancing.
As a school, we were fortunate enough to earn Third Place Sweepstakes in the University Division behind Arizona State and Northern Arizona University which both tied for First. The individual and debate team results are listed below. We are especially thankful for and appreciative of the coaching assistance from our many alumni volunteers.
The team bus did not return to campus until nearly 2:30 a.m. since we had to stay to compete in the final round of debate and Azusa is several hours away. If our students were able to make their morning classes, they may not have been very alert. I hope you will extend them a bit of leeway. Thanks for your support.
Andrew Hoag & Dominique Marino - Quarterfinalists
Jordan Cherry & Griffith Vertican – Second Place
Mitch Houseman & Ryan Moynihan - Quarterfinalists
Elly Garner & Bethany Roquemore - Octafinalists
Ryan Moynihan – Fifth Place
Griffith Vertican – Eighth Place
Elly Garner – Eleventh Place
Kevin Davis – Fifth Place
April Griffin – Twelfth Place
Chris Champine: Open Extemporaneous Semifinalist
Kevin Davis: Novice Extemporaneous Third Place
Elly Garner: Novice Impromptu Semifinalist, Novice Prose Semifinalist
Joel Day & Mitch Houseman: Open Duo Interpretation Fifth Place
Ashleigh Livingston: Open Extemporaneous Semifinalist,
Open Rhetorical Criticism Third Place.
Dominique Marino: Open Extemporaneous Fifth Place
Carissa Phillips: Open Extemporaneous Semifinalist
Bethany Roquemore: Novice Extemporaneous - Semifinalists
Griffith Vertican: Open Extemporaneous Semifinalist