A young Jewell Debate team showed plenty of promise this spring, with several teams making deep runs in tournaments and individuals earning top marks as well.
The team, consisting entirely of first-year students and sophomores, finished the season ranked 16th out of 179 schools that competed in the National Parliamentary Debate Association’s Season-Long Sweepstakes.
- At the NPDA National Tournament on March 24-26, the team of Alex Stewart, first-year biology major, and Morgan Lunt, first-year political science, religion and culture, and chemistry major, finished 5-3 in the preliminary rounds. They were eliminated in the round of 64 by Missouri Western State University. Two other teams finished 4-4, losing their Round 8 break-round. A final team involving a Jewell student finished 3-5. The team took 18th out of 42 schools in the NPDA Tournament Sweepstakes.
- Jewell hosted the inaugural National Round Robin tournament on March 4-5. The tournament is structured to create rigorous, elite and nationally competitive debate. While none of the Jewell teams advanced to the top 6 competition rounds, Haley Uttley, sophomore political science and communication major, was awarded the sixth best individual debater, finishing behind five seniors.
- Four Jewell teams advanced to the elimination rounds on Feb. 10-12 at the University of Missouri. The team of Ethan Hawn, sophomore political science and international relations major, and Uttley lost to Washburn University in the semifinal round, taking third overall, while the Lunt-Stewart team lost in the quarterfinals for a top 8 finish. A team of Jordan Terry, sophomore history and communication major, and Stefanie Flood, sophomore Oxbridge Institutions and Policy major, advanced to the Sweet 16 before elimination. Finally, the team of Bailey Cordonnier, first-year Oxbridge Honors Program major, and Alexis Nelson, first-year biology major, in just their second tournament as partners, advanced to the elimination rounds before falling in the top 32. Stewart also was recognized as the tenth place speaker overall.
- The Hawn-Uttley team and Lunt-Stewart team each advanced to the semifinals of the Texas Tech University Tournament on Jan. 27-30. The Hawn-Uttley duo took third, while the Lunt-Stewart team took fourth. Stewart and Uttley were also honored as the fifth and sixth best speakers, respectively, out of a field of 40 competitors.
- Two Jewell teams finished in the top 16 of the largest regular season invitational tournament of the year, hosted Jan. 5-8 at the University of Utah. The Lunt-Stewart and Hawn-Uttley teams each finished in the sweet 16 round, losing to University of Pacific and Texas Tech University, respectively. Hawn also placed in the top 20 speakers.