Nationals, Hosted by Colorado College

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The PLNU Speech and Debate team’s competitive intercollegiate season has now drawn to a close with our last tournament.  But the team went out with a bang at National Parliamentary Debate Nationals, hosted by Colorado College in Colorado Springs Wednesday March 16th through Sunday March 20th.


·         The team ended the year as the third highest ranked school in the yearlong nationwide sweepstakes, ahead of much larger institutions like UCLA, Cal Berkeley, the United States Air Force Academy, etc. . . , all of which have outstanding programs.  There are hundreds of fine colleges and universities competing from across the nation in NPDA, all in one large division.  Points can be accrued in Novice, Junior and Senior divisions at your best four tournaments of the year, counting your top four teams in those tournaments.

·         At the NPDA National Championships from which we just returned, the six teams representing PLNU were ranked the 8th top program at the national championship tournament sweepstakes, which is incredibly difficult.  This ranking counts your top four teams against all the other program’s top four teams at the tournament, all competing within just one senior division.  We have had many very strong teams in the past that have not even cracked the top ten awards in this category.  Our 1999 team won the top spot in this particular category.

·         Senior and team co-president Daniel Nadal was one of only three debaters in the nation selected to this year’s  All American Parliamentary Debate Team.  This honor was richly deserved by Daniel based on his forensics success, his high academics, and his service to the community.  He is choosing now which law school to attend next year.

·         The team of Ashley Nuckels and Ian Sharpels advance to the double Octa Final round, and the team of Daniel Nadal and James Wilson advanced to the Triple Octa Final round.  Their winning records in preliminary rounds allowed them to participate in the elimination rounds.  Three of our other teams missed that opportunity by only one round.


It will be especially sad to see this year’s season end.  Of the twelve students competing for us at Nationals this year, all but one will be graduating or studying abroad next year for the bulk of the competitive season.  This means though that there will be many opportunities for new students to join us either from your classes, or from the number of outstanding recruits I have been speaking with this year from other schools (both high schools and junior colleges). 


So please help us in our recruiting of bright, competitive, well spoken and hard working students.  And a special thanks to Admissions counselors for keeping on the lookout for promising talent for next year’s team.