Sterling College's debate and forensics team can proudly boast more state champions than any other school in the state, says Coach Ken Troyer. The team returned from the Kansas Individual Events and Parliamentary Championship, held at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, with state championships in varsity debate, novice division debate, impromptu speaking and persuasive speaking.
The pair of sophomore Ryan Corwin of Sterling and first-year student Alex Lawhon-Bush of Newton, Kan., was named state champions in the varsity debate division, while two other Sterling College pairs tied for third place: juniors Courtney Hensley of Lyons and Jason Phillips of Fort Scott; and sophomores Nolan Chaney of South Hutchinson and Jessica Brayton of Lyons. SC also captured four of the top five speaker awards: Lawhon-Bush, first; Phillips, second; Corwin, third; and junior Emily Graham of Hutchinson, fifth.
In the novice debate division, senior Fay Carey and sophomore Melzora Towne, both of Sterling, won, and Towne was named first speaker and Carey, second.
Jessica Brayton was also named a state champion in the individual even