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Debate Meets with Success
February 15, 2012
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.Over the weekend of February 3-5, the team captured first place overall at the Kansas Wesleyan Invitational tournament, finishing ahead of Cameron University, Wiley College, Hastings College, Southwest Baptist University and a host of other competing institutions.
The team amassed an overall preliminary round record of seventeen wins against just three losses, which marks the highest win total and percentage this season.
The team of Jessica Brayton of Lyons, Kan., and Nolan Chaney of Hutchinson, Kan., ended the competition with a perfect 8-0 record and first place overall. Ryan Corwin of Sterling, Kan., and Courtney Hensley of Hutchinson, Kan., finished in third place overall with a 5-2 record, dropping their semi-final round to Cameron University. The teams of Melzora Towne of Sterling, Kan., and Brandon Hoesli of Salina, Kan., as well as Alex Lawhon-Bush of Newton, Kan., and Brett Smith of Sterling, Kan., advanced to the quarterfinal round of competition, finishing in a tie for fifth place overall.
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