As the newest Director of Debate at William Jewell College and alumnus of the institution, I want to thank you for taking an interest in our program. Since 1873, Jewell debate has remained one of the longest running and most successful programs on campus. Over the years, Jewell has won multiple national championships in debate and is on a record-setting streak of winning of six consecutive state championships in debate and speaking. Jewell is consistently ranked as one of the 10 best debate institutions in the nation.
As members of the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence and National Parliamentary Debate Association, Jewell competes in parliamentary debate; a competition best described as a combination of policy debate and extemporaneous speaking. Jewell debate travels both regionally and nationally, including to locations such as California, Colorado, Oregon, and Texas and attends both major national championship tournaments. Every year, Jewell hosts the national debate opener on campus, drawing the top-ranked teams and schools from across the country.
The continued support of our program by the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, and staff is heartening. The college continues to acknowledge the benefit of debate to a liberal arts education with our activity developing strong speaking, research, critical thinking, and social skills in our students. As such, Jewell debaters regularly go on to achieve success in the private sector, academia, and in public service. Aside from debate, our squad members often volunteer their time to judge at local National Forensic League tournaments and with the Urban Debate League/DEBATE-KC.
If you are interested in becoming part of a successful tradition of Jewell debate, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would also love to hear from alumni of our program about how Jewell debate helped you achieve your goals. Keep up to date on here and Facebook to see this year’s results.
Kevin T. Garner
William Jewell Class of 2007
Director of Debate
Instructor of Communication