Sterling College’s Debate and Forensics Team continues its success story with back-to-back wins this past weekend at the Coyote Thunder Debate Tournament, held at West Texas A&M. Competing against University of Texas El-Paso, Kansas Wesleyan, West Texas A&M, University of Oklahoma and other colleges, the team came in first in forensics and debate on both days of the tournament. Sterling’s debate team is undefeated this season.
Competing in parliamentary debate, in which the topic changes each round and competitors are given only fifteen minutes to prepare, JD Smith and David Bowers, both of Hutchinson, were undefeated, winning all eight of their debates. The team of Emily Graham of Hutchinson and Daniel Hogan of Lyons finished in third place, and the freshman duo Jessica Brayton of Lyons and Ryan Corwin of Sterling placed fifth. “Brayton and Corwin’s early success as freshmen at the varsity level says volumes about their abilities and how they will fare in future years,” says debate/forensics coach Ken Troyer.
In forensics, Jana Miller of Alden, Kansas, had a phenomenal tournament, winning dramatic interpretation both days with her presentation that confronts the issue of mental illness and how society categorizes victims. She also placed in Program of Oral Interpretati