For the second year the Sterling College debate team dominated at the annual Debates on a Plain Tournament, capturing first place in team sweeps competition and the championship of the varsity division. "It was an outstanding way to start the season. It really sets the tone," said Ken Troyer, Sterling College's forensics and debate coach. "There is no doubt our showing sends a message to others in the region as we will likely have at least two teams ranked in the top 20 when the first rankings are released."
The Debates on a Plain tournament is in its fourth year and is co-hosted by Barton Community College and Sterling College. This year's event, held at Hutchinson Community College, was the largest ever, with 22 schools competing. In the varsity division, SC had two teams finish in the top five. The team of Emily Graham, a junior from Hutchinson, and