NPDA National Championships, Portland State, Portland, OR

Thursday, March 27, 2003 (All day) - Sunday, March 30, 2003 (All day)

At this year’s NPDA (National Parliamentary Debate Association) Championship Tournament in Portland, OR, the Point Loma Nazarene University debate team was named the National Champion in the yearlong sweepstakes race. Pt Loma came from fifth place just two weeks earlier to overcome Second Place Truman State University in a close tiebreaker. This year long race includes all colleges and universities in the nation, regardless of size, that participate in this form of intercollegiate debate. Point Loma has finished in Third Place the last two years, while Cal Berkeley has finished in First Place. Although Pt Loma won the NPDA tournament Sweepstakes Championship in 1999, this is the first time we have finished the year as the number one program in the year long sweepstakes race.


This honor is calculated by comparing the top four tournament results of each participating college and university across the nation. Only the top two teams per school are compared in these tournaments, in Novice, Junior or Senior divisions. PLNU has ranked in the top five colleges in this nationwide yearlong sweepstakes race for each of the last seven years since it joined the organization. NPDA is the largest and quickest growing intercollegiate debate association in the country, and features an audience focused interactive form of debate on many different current event topics.


At the National Championship Tournament, awards are also presented for top performances amongst the competing colleges during that tournament. The top four teams per school are compared in this senior division of competition. PLNU won 14th place, thanks in part to two teams that advanced into the elimination rounds. The teams of Shannon Hutchison and Janae Parker, and Sarah Barnes and Brenden Garrett both advanced through Quadra Octa Finals and Triple Octa Finals to the Double Octafinals round from a field of almost 300 teams. Shannon Hutchison was the 24th place speaker in the tournament amongst almost 600 competitors.


The team’s success throughout the year was aided immeasurably by the efforts of Assistant Director of Forensics Kathleen Czech, Student Coach Phil Rath, and many alumni volunteering financial support and/or their time to coach at team meetings and judge at tournaments. We also offer our thanks to the tremendous support received by Faculty and Administration throughout the year, and especially to our three Forensics Fellows who addressed different team meetings: Professors John Wright, Kevin Archer, and Capitol Fellows Guest Jason Riley. If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an entire campus to raise a Championship debate team.

Thank you all for your continued support