December 28, 2009, Sterling, Kansas—Sterling College Debate and Forensics Coach Ken Troyer has a young team this year: one senior, seven juniors, six sophomores, and six first-year students. His team is also a very local team: thirteen of its twenty members can travel home in an hour or less. However, the youth and local recruiting seem to be working to the team’s advantage: Sterling College’s top debate duo is ranked twelfth in the nation, and three team members have already qualified for the American Forensics Association National Tournament in April.
It's been a busier-than-usual fall at Sterling College, but that has not stopped its administration and faculty from writing, creating, and composing. Recently President Paul J. Maurer and Professors David Harmon and Dr. Brad Nix have experienced recognition for their work.
Using tuba, piano, trombone, voice and euphonium, Sterling College's music professors have spent their Christmas "vacation" bringing music to audiences near-Sterling, Hutchinson, McPherson, and Wichita-and far-Boulder, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia.