Sterling College Debate and Forensics earn trio of top honors

Sterling Debate and Forensics Team - Sterling College
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Six Sterling College debate and forensics students traveled for their second intercollegiate forensics tournament this season. Junior Joseph Bahr of Harker Heights, Texas, brought home the most awards for Sterling College, finishing in the top five in four competitions. The group traveled to Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Okla., for the competition between nine schools Nov. 2-3.

“Overall I thought the students in attendance performed/competed well – the cream typically rises to the top, so the students that have been putting forth time and effort are being aptly rewarded,” said Ken Troyer, forensics coach.

Bahr earned first place in Impromptu Speaking, second place in Persuasive Speaking, third place in IPDA Debate, and fifth place in Extemporaneous Speaking. Paige Sherraden from Plainville, Kan., placed first in Persuasive Speaking. Adam Moore from Hutchinson, Kan., placed first in After Dinner Speaking and fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking. Bethany Jenkins from Burns, Kan., earned third in Extemporaneous Speaking.

The next competition for the Sterling College Debate and Forensics team will be at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Okla., Nov. 30 - Dec. 2.

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