Sundays are not usually days of quiet rest for the Sterling College Forensics and Debate Team, and March 28 was no exception. Five members of the squad spent that Sunday at the 28th annual Novice National Tournament at Hutchinson Community College with the goal of creating some real noise about the Sterling program. They were successful; the five members finished the day with one national championship, six final round individual finishes and a second-place team finish.
Vance Stegman, a first-year student from Lyons, captured the National Championship in After-Dinner Speaking, a persuasive presentation delivered in a lighthearted manner. Stegman tackled the difficult but very real problem of sexually transmitted diseases among the elderly, an issue that he says is “a plague to those affected.” He dealt well with the topic; every one of his judges declared him first, and he received recognition for this during the awards ceremony. “This was definitely one of my best performances,” said Stegman. “One factor was how well the crowd interacted, and this audience was very receptive.”