At the Pi Kappa Delta Tournament, hosted by Ottawa University on October 16-18, the Sterling College debate and forensics teams achieved a first and second place finish, respectively, increasing the debate team's stellar record and setting the young forensics team up for a strong future.
In the varsity division of the debate competition, the team closed out finals, meaning the two remaining teams were both from Sterling College. "That was the most memorable moment from the competition for me-closing out finals," said David Bowers, a junior from Buhler. When both final-round teams come from the same school, no final debate occurs, and the higher-seeded team, in this case Emily Graham of Hutchinson and David Bowers, is awarded first place. Another pair of juniors, Jason Phillips of Fort Scott and Courtney Hensley of Lyons, finished second. The four juniors also earned individual speaker awards: