Friday, December 2, 2005 (All day) - Sunday, December 4, 2005 (All day)

We not only won Third Place Sweepstakes in the University division at the PSCFA Fall Champs, we also were this year's recipient of the D. L. Miller Perpetual Sweepstakes Award presented to only one program each year to honor long standing excellence in forensics.  This is the first time that our program has won this prestigious honor.

Although this is the smallest and least experienced team we have fielded in many years, the team members really stepped up to the plate at this Championship tournament.  We took six teams in debate.  Five of those were fortunate enough to advance to the elimination rounds, or the winners bracket.  Here are those debate results:
Senior Debate:    Andrew Hoag and Griffith Vertican - Semi Finalists
                               Jordan Cherry and Kevin Davis - Octa Finalists

Junior Debate       Ashley Nuckels - Fifth Place Speaker, Noelle Seybert 18th Place Speaker

Novice Debate     Joy Wright and Chris Gutierrez - Quarterfinalists
                                Shelly Blair and Rachel Simonsen - Bi-Octafinalists
                                Matthew Johnson and Justin Thompson - Bi-Octafinalists
                                Chris Gutierrez Fifth Place Speaker; Joy Wright 9th Place
In individual events, Griffith Vertican qualified his third entry for the National Tournament in Florida.  He has two others almost qualified.  Here are the individual events results for Pt Loma Students.
  • Griffith Vertican: 1st Place Open Impromptu, 4th Place Open Rhetorical Criticism, 4th Place Open Informative
  • Rachel Simonsen: 1st Place Jr. Impromptu, Finalist Jr. Informative
  • Jordan Cherry: 5th Place Open Impromptu
  • Andrew Hoag: Finalist Open Impromptu
  • Shelly Blair: Finalist Novice Impromptu
  • Justin Thompson: Finalist Novice Extemporaneous
We are also grateful for the many alumni that have stepped up to help coach and judge for this team.  It is also fun seeing many of our alumni coaching and judging for other colleges and universities at these tournaments and to hear of their successes in the high school teaching and coaching ranks.  Thanks for your continued support and have a very Merry Christmas.