San Diego Splash Parliamentary Debate Scrimmage at PLNU

Saturday, October 8, 2005 (All day)
Pt Loma hosted a parliamentary debate tournament this past Saturday, October 8th attended by 9 local colleges and universities, primarily from the San Diego and Orange County area.  This event, the San Diego Splash Parliamentary Debate Scrimmage, was designed chiefly for students from debate classes throughout the San Diego and Orange County area in a large Rookie division, but also allowed participation fro competitive team members in an Open division.  Special thanks to Professor Melissa Lazaro and Suzanne Thomas who helped set this all up, to the alumni that donated their Saturday to help judge for this event and to the building area coordinators from Fermanian School of Business, Rohr Religion, Colt, Taylor, Evans and Cabrillo Halls for their excellent facilities.

Many of our students had strong showings at this event.  In the Rookie Division the following students earned top speaking awards:

Rachel Brown           Tenth Place Speaker
Rachel Simonsen    Ninth Place Speaker
Nicole Monroe          Seventh Place Speaker
Carly Slater                Fifth Place Speaker
Matt Johnson            Third Place Speaker

And the teams of Katie Beach and Chris Gutierrez, and Shelly Blair and Nicole Monroe each won awards of excellence for losing just one debate round.  The team of Rachel Simonsen and Justin Thompson won an award of Superiority for not losing any debates on the day.  Obviously we are hoping that some of these students decide that they want to become active members of the school's debate team.

In the Open Division of competition our only Senior team of Andrew Hoag and Griffith Vertican, were named Third and Fourth Place Speakers respectively, and qualified for the tournament's elimination round where they beat an Azusa Pacific Team on a three to zero decision.  Since this was just a scrimmage no additional rounds were held.   We also have some Novice and Junior teams that are looking forward to a tournament when they won't be thrown into the Senior division of competition.