William Jewell Debate remains a dominant force on the national stage after earning top marks at the King Classic Tournament at Atlanta’s Morehouse College.
A Jewell team made up of sophomores Ethan Hawn (Pittsburg, Kan.) and Morgan Lunt (American Fork, Utah) won the tournament on a 2-1 decision over a team from the host college. Lunt was named Top Speaker, while William Jewell took home first place in tournament sweepstakes for top overall squad.
But those weren’t the only honors for Jewell Debate. Jewell sophomore Stefanie Flood (Kansas City, Mo.) took home third place. Lunt’s teammate, Hawn, took 8th place for best individual speaker, while sophomore Haley Uttley (Pittsburg, Kan.) and sophomore Tim Wise (Tulsa, Okla.) took sixth and seventh place, respectively.
Hawn and Lunt (higher seed) advanced past another Jewell team, that of Flood and sophomore Jordan Terry (Blue Springs) in the semifinals of the tournament without debating. Flood and Terry went 4-1 in the preliminary rounds and advanced to the elimination rounds as the third seed.
First-year student Bailey Cordonnier (St. Joseph) took second place among first-year competitors and first-year student Alex Stewart (Republic) took third place among first-year debaters.
Jewell Debate will compete next at a tournament at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.
Last year, the Jewell debate team of David Hansen and Katelyn Johnson won the 2016 National Parliamentary Debate Associate Championship tournament.