NPTE Nationals University of Wyoming
The PLNU debate team just returned from the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence held in Laramie at the University of Wyoming. This is a small but elite tournament that focuses on a particular style of debate popular with many of the top teams in the nation. It is very difficult to qualify for this tournament. These decisions are based on the two person teams performance throughout the year. Three PLNU teams were invited to this event which is limited to around 50 teams from across the nation. All three teams did quite well, even though this tournament emphasized styles of debate that are not necessarily consistent with our teams' traditional approaches or strengths.
Angela Compton and Jordan Cherry narrowly missed advancing to the elimination bracket of the top 24 teams, by the equivalent of one round of preliminary debate (or two ballots). By the time Ben Kautzer and Joel Day were eliminated there were only 12 teams left in the tournament. By the time Tim Kamermayer and Griffith Vertican were eliminated the tournament was down to the top 7 teams. They had beaten several of the nation's top ranked teams before being eliminated themselves, including the top Berkeley team and the top Southern Illinois University team - both early favorites to win the tournament.
The results of this tournament were impressive on their own, but it is also hoped that they will provide a strong base for doing well at the main debate tournament of the year for our team, the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship to be held at Colorado College this upcoming weekend in Colorado Springs. It will be the last debate tournament of the year for our team.
Though we are still ranked 2nd in the nation for the NPDA's year long sweepstakes race, we are still hopeful of overtaking the number one spot after all the tournament results have been logged. Either way we have enjoyed a tremendous year of spirited competition and greatly appreciated the support of the faculty, staff, and administration as well as our amazing alumni throughout the year. We are already looking forward to next year. Though we will greatly miss the three senior teams mentioned above, we will hopefully pull in some outstanding high school and junior college recruits to join our up and coming core team members.