PLNU’s speech and debate team won First Place in the Overall Sweepstakes for the 4 year colleges division at the PSCFA Fall Championship Tournament this weekend (December 5-7, 2013) against nearly about 45 colleges and universities from across the country (Florida and Michigan, to Utah, Arizona and of course California).
PLNU debaters earned 6 championships (gold medal finishes), and many other top awards. Special congratulations to Josh Gilbert and Brandon West for winning the top place in the Senior Division of NPDA Parliamentary Debate, to Jack Gillette and Caleb Moore for winning Gold medals in Open Division of IPDA Lincoln Douglas debate, Brandon West Gold Medalist in Open NFA LD debate, Thomas Routson Gold Medalist in Junior NFA LD debate, Montana Massone Top Speaker in Novice NPDA Parliamentary debate, and Karina Guerrero for winning first place in Novice Informative
- PLNU Advanced six teams to elimination rounds in NPDA Parliamentary Debate (2 in Open, 1 in Junior, and 3 in Novice), and six debaters to elimination rounds in Lincoln Douglas Debate .
- Advancing teams and Awards by division include:
Open Division Teams in Parliamentary Debate:
- Josh Gilbert and Brandon West – 3/1 prelims, Gold Medalist, won Semis, then won the Final round.
- Frank Daniel and Caleb Moore – 4/0 prelims, Silver Medalists
Junior Division Teams in Parliamentary Debate:
- Karina Guerrero and Genevieve Aguilar – 3/1 prelim record, Silver Medalists
Novice Division Teams in Parliamentary Debate:
- Montana Massone and Zach Springer – 4/0 prelim record, Silver Medalists
- Makayla Vandeveer and Richeda Sinclair – 3/1 prelim record, Bronze Medalists
- Lily Jenner and Ebanezare Tadele – 4/0 prelim record, Bronze Medalists
Top Speakers by Division in Parliamentary Debate:
- Second Place Speaker – Brandon West
- Third Place Speaker – Frank Daniel
- Second Place Speaker – Karina Guerrero
- First Place Speaker – Montana Massone
IPDA Lincoln Douglas Debate (different topic each round, one person versus one person)
- Jack Gillette – Gold Medalist
- Caleb Moore – Gold Medalist
- Ben Becker – Bronze Medalist
- Ebanezare Tadele – Bronze medalist
NFA Lincoln Douglas Debate (one topic on space development all year, one person versus one person)
- Open Division – Brandon West – Gold Medalist
- Junior Division – Thomas Routson – Gold Medalist
- Brandon West – Open Impromptu 3rd Place
- Nick Kjeldgaard – Open Extemporaneous 6th Place
- Makayla Vandeveer – Junior Programmed Oral Interpretation Finalist
- Karina Guerrero – Novice Informative – 1st Place
This was a very long and exhausting tournament for all involved (3 12-14 hour days in a row), but it was gratifying to see the team do so well as a reward for their hard work throughout the semester. We also had a chance to talk to some terrific recruit prospects for next year. Thanks to the coaches, alumni and parents for their support as well.