From Seattle to Pensacola, the Sterling College Forensics and Debate teams made their presence known as they competed nationwide during the 2007-2008 season. Following in the footsteps of the previous year’s successful season, the team faced the challenge of not only matching their previous success but maintaining excellence throughout the entire season.
Earning more than 150 individual trophies and eight team competition awards, the SC Forensics team dominated the Forensics realm. With various levels of success during the year, the season culminated at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events tournament held at the University of Texas – Austin. To be invited to this event, students must have placed in the top three competitors at least twice during the season. Students qualifying for the competition included Jana Miller, Lyons, Kan., Taylor Libby, Ellinwood, Kan., Andrew Hogan, Lyons, Kan., JD Smith, Lyons, Kan., and Lauren Rivard, Hutchinson, Kan. Kansas State University and Bethel College were the only other schools from Kansas that were invited. JD Smith placed in the top 40 in extemporaneous speaking out of 240 competitors.
On the novice level of forensics, Sterling’s team was able to capture the overall sweepstakes title for schools with sma