PLNU Forensics Year End Results - Nationally Ranked Program

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

PLNU Forensics Year End Results - Nationally Ranked Program


I need to apologize for the belated updates of the speech and debate team from the latter part of the Spring season.  In the last two months we have hosted our own two large tournaments on campus with close to 50 colleges and universities competing; competed in our PSCFA Regional Championships up in Ventura County at Moorpark College; competed at (and presided over) NCCFA Christian College Nationals at Carson Newman College in Tennessee, and finally competed at NPDA Parliamentary Debate Nationals at Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington.  In the spirit of multi tasking I used Easter Break for my overdue nervous breakdown and combating the flu.  It is good to be back.

So please consider this a yearend recap of activities. I have posted below summaries of the results of each of the regional and national championship tournaments.  But in short, following a fun and challenging rebuilding year, we had a strong finish.  Please remember, we started the year with only one of the 12 students competing in last year’s NPDA National Championship due to graduating seniors last spring and many study abroad trips in the fall.  Yet, despite that, we still managed to post a very respectable 14th place ranking in the nation for NPDA year long standings placing higher than such strong competitors as Berkeley and UCLA, and 12th place ranking for NPDA Nationals in the tournament sweepstakes rankings with five of our top teams.

And despite having to split the squad to prevent too much time away from classes, four of our other teams earned Second Place School Sweepstakes in Debate in the large school division at NCCFA Christian College Nationals at Carson Newman College, placing above such strong competitors as Concordia Irvine, and Azusa Pacific University.  The two national championships were separated by only one day and 3,000 miles so we took different teams to each tournament.  On a personal note, I am stepping down from four years as President for the National Christian Colleges Forensics Association, and looking forward to the increased time that will allow me to work with our own students.

Our tournaments are now over for the year, though the United States Consulate in Tijuana has just invited us to send a two person team to represent America in an international debate against a Mexican team in Tijuana for a special event surrounding the protection of intellectual property rights.

Thank you all for your continued support and prayers throughout the year.  The team has worked extremely hard throughout the year to represent the university in a positive light.  We are very excited about and already preparing for next year when we should have some terrific returning students and bring in some very promising recruits.

Here are the detailed results from the tournaments mentioned above:

NPDA Nationals – Western Washington University – Bellingham WA.  March 21-24, 2012


PLNU won 14th Place in the year long school sweepstakes race for all colleges in the U.S. competing in Parliamentary debate, beating other strong programs like Berkeley, UCLA, SDSU.
PLNU won 12th Place in school sweepstakes at Nationals, with awards presented to the top 20 schools.  This is a good indicator of how your top four teams are doing against top teams.

PLNU team of Sydney Awakuni and McKayla Carpenter advanced to the Triple Octa Finals, extending PLNU’s streak of over 23 years of advancing a team to the elimination bracket at Nationals (or posting a winning record for the tournament).

NCCFA Nationals – Carson Newman University – Jefferson City, TN  March 15-20, 2012

Second Place School Sweepstakes Division One Debate
Daniel Robert Spenser  Top Speaker in the nation Novice Division Lincoln Douglas Debate

Lincoln Douglas Debate
Sydney Awakuni-  Silver Medalist Open Division
Richard Cline - Bronze Medal Open Division
Daniel Robert Spenser - Silver Medalist Novice Division
Lydia Kravchuk - Silver Medalist Novice Division
Parliamentary Debate
Lydia Kravchuk and Daniel Robert Spenser Bronze Medalists Novice
Individual Events
Daniel Robert Spenser - Fourth Place Impromptu Speaking

PSCFA Regional Spring Championships – Moorpark College, Moorpark CA  February 24-26, 2012

Bovero Award Winner for top student competitor in our region, awarded to a deserving Senior – Barbara Gausewitz

All Academic awards (based on rigorous academic standards and competitive experience)
Ben Carney
Brian Bentley
Michelle Diaz
Katie Callahan
Christy Wright

Lincoln Douglas Debate
Frank Daniels Sr Bronze

Parliamentary Debate
Senior Division Silver Medal Christie Wright and Bryan Bentley
Bronze Medal Frank Daniels and Kasey Graves
Bronze Medal James Wilson and Michelle Diaz

Junior Division Silver Medal Stephanie Haas and Emily Schaffer

Top Speaker Awards: 
Senior Division McKayla Carpenter 8th Place

Junior Division Stephanie Haas 10th Place

Novice Division Lydia Kravchuk 4th Place
Katie Callahan 9th Place

Individual Events
Stephanie Haas Novice Division informative finalist
Daniel Spencer Novice Division Persuasion finalist
Lydia Kravchuk Novice Division Impromptu 2nd place
Emily Schaffer Novice Division Impromptu 3rd place
Katie Callahan Novice Division Impromptu Finalist