Sterling College Debate and Forensic Teams Meet Success

Release Date: 
February 16, 2009

Over the past two weeks, the Sterling College Debate & Forensics teams have dominated in regional competition.
At the Blue Dragon–Warrior Invitational, the SC debate team amassed an overall record of 14 wins and one loss, giving Sterling the overall team title. Individually, Sterling College had the top three teams in the tournament: 1st – Marcus Pitts, a senior from Sterling, and Ryan Corwin a freshman from Sterling; 2nd Emily Graham a sophomore from Hutchinson, and Jessica Brayton a freshman from Lyons; and 3rd JD Smith, a senior from Hutchinson, and David Bowers a sophomore from Buhler. SC also closed out the speaker awards with 1st through 5th being awarded to Pitts, Smith, Graham, Corwin & Bowers respectively.
Unique to this tournament was the fact that Marcus Pitts and Ryan Corwin livened things up a bit by using giant poster boards as notepads during the debate rounds. Despite their unconventional antics, their 1st place finish says that they still did remarkably well.
At the Kansas Wesleyan–John Brown University Invitational tournament the Sterling College Forensics team captured 1st place overall, beating out the likes of Bethel College, Kansas Wesleyan, Webster University, West Texas A & M, Northeastern State University and many others. Individual results for SC are as follows
Andrew Hogan
Extemporaneous Speaking – 5th
Impromptu Speaking – 6th
Jessica Brayton
Extemporaneous Speaking – 2nd

Sarah Cibolski
Dramatic Interpretation – 6th
Program of Oral Interpretation – 6th
Taylor Libby
Impromptu Speaking – 3rd
Emily Graham
Extemporaneous Speaking – 6th
Lauren Rivard
Prose – 4th
Extemporaneous Speaking – 4th
Program of Oral Interpretation – 5th
Poetry – 1st
Jana Miller
Program of Oral Interpretation – 1st
Dramatic Interpretation – 3rd
Prose – 1st
The team will next compete at the State Collegiate Championship tournament in both debate and forensics at Bethel College in Newton, Kansas on Feb 20 and 21.