Despite the loss of many seniors last year, the Sterling College debate team continues to surprise the competition by regularly advancing past larger, more seasoned teams. Junior Brandon Hoesli of Salina, Kan., has led the team with numerous bids to the final rounds of both Lincoln-Douglas debate and Parliamentary debate.
The weekend of Oct. 19-21 was a replay of previous debate tournaments attended by the Sterling College Debate Team – they returned with a first place finish from their tournament at the University of Central Missouri.
While the weather has been oscillating between winter and spring, the Sterling College debate team has maintained a steady collision course with the National Parliamentary Debate Association Tournament, to be held in March in Bellingham, Wash.
The Sterling College Debate team returned from Texas victorious, winning their 2ndtournament of the season. The tournament was held on the campus of West Texas A&M and co-hosted by Kansas Wesleyan University October 7-9. Sterling had three teams advance to elimination rounds, with Alex Lawhon-Bush and Brett Smith named tournament champions while team mates Jessica Brayton and Nolan Chaney finished 2nd overall, and Brandon Hoesli and Courtney Cavazos placed 3rdoverall. Every Sterling team that participated in the tournament, finished with a winning record.
The Sterling College Forensics Team capped the season with nine out of ten team members bringing home awards at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament. The tournament was held March 23-26 at Mt. Hood Community College in Portland, Ore. With more than 70 colleges competing and many events having more than 200 competitors, the Sterling College team fared well with Ryan Corwin capturing 7th place overall in After Dinner Speaking. This success comes after the Sterling College Debate team took 9th place in National Parliamentary Debate, of which Corwin was also a part.
The Sterling College Debate team recently returned from a multi-state tour of national tournaments. This marks the most successful debate season in Sterling’s school history with a 9th place finish in overall team sweepstakes at the National Parliamentary Debate Tournament, held in Colorado Springs, Colo., from March 16 through March 20 at The Colorado College.