Speech and Debate

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Welcome to PLNU Speech and Debate!

With an overarching goal toward advancing Christian principles and ideals, we strive to develop each student's full potential as a self-confident, organized, critically aware public speaker capable of competent self presentation of original or interpretive concepts and/or material in public or private settings, and to represent PLNU in the intercollegiate speech community in the highest manner possible.

Recent Team Highlights

In the 2016 fall semester, PLNU’s Speech and Debate team achieved continued success. It recently earned the top spot in the country as the NPDA's  #1 team in the national sweepstakes race. The beginning of the year started out with a larger team than previous years, with numerous freshman recruits and transfer students joining our debate family, and PLNU alums Angela Compton, Joel Day, Jordon Cherry, and Chris Gutierrez staying for another year, this time as coaches. Despite a larger team competing, increasing travel costs, and strained budget concerns, PLNU has again proved to be one of the most competitive teams in the nation.

Historical Standings

Latest NPDA Results
PLNU's NPDA Debate Accomplishments Through 2017


For more information about PLNU’s Speech and Debate team and forensics scholarships, contact Dr. Skip Rutledge.

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Student Profile

Nicholas Kjeldgaard

Read about former student Nicholas Kjeldgaard’s experience with PLNU’s Speech and Debate Team.

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Hosted Tournaments and Camps

The PLNU forensics squad will be hosting several tournaments on the PLNU campus in the coming year.

Sunset Cliffs Classic

The PLNU forensics squad is pleased to invite you to our annual Sunset Cliffs Classic 2020 Invitational tournament. The tournament will be held February 8 – 9, 2020. We hope you can come enjoy our beautiful seaside campus and the typically sunny weather.

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Point Loma Classic

On Thursday, January 9 through Saturday, January 11, 2020, PLNU welcomes the Christian home school community to the 2020 Point Loma Classic, a Stoa home school forensics speech and debate tournament.