Whitworth takes third at national debate tournament

The Whitworth University Forensics team closed its season at the International Public Debate Association National Tournament held at LSU-Shreveport on April 14-16, 2019.  

At the national tournament, Whitworth took third out of 40 schools from 13 states and the United Kingdom.  Whitworth finished ahead of national and regional rivals including Colorado Christian University, Southern Methodist University, the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Xavier University.  

In the yearlong sweepstakes for points earned all season, Whitworth took fifth place out of over 125 schools across the nation.  Whitworth finished ahead of national and regional rivals including Boise State University, Hofstra University, Oregon State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University of Oklahoma.

The team brought home nine individual debate awards and three different team sweepstakes awards related to the national tournament.  

At the national tournament:

In varsity, Sanjay Philip ’21 advanced to double octafinals (the round of 32), while Tucker Wilson ’20 advanced to octafinals (the sweet 16).

In junior varsity, Solenne de Tassigny ’22 advanced to double octafinals, while Justin Li ’21 and Jericho Simone ’22 advanced to quarterfinals (the elite eight). 

In novice, Mykel Greene ’22 advanced to triple octafinals (the round of 64) and AhLana Ames ’22 advanced to double octafinals.

For speaker awards at the national tournament, Tucker Wilson was the 2nd best speaker in varsity, and Justin Li was the 2nd best junior varsity speaker.

Rylee Walter ’19 presented her Whitworth honors research paper at the pre-tournament National Convention, and Director of Forensics Mike Ingram was re-elected to the Governing Board of the IPDA.

Alumni Deanna Ingram Eccles ’16 and James Eccles ’17 were guest judges for Whitworth at the tournament.

This concludes another successful forensics season.  The team was coached Mike Ingram, the director of forensics and professor of Communication Studies, and Rebecca Korf ’15 Assistant Director of Forensics.

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