William Jewell College students Kevin Garner (left) and Luke Landry (right) are the winners of the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence.
In only their fourth tournament together, the team easily defeated top-seeded University of California-Berkeley in finals on the issue of whether France should send election monitors to Algeria. Garner was top speaker for the tournament and Landry was second. They qualified for the elimination round bracket with an 11-1 record. Garner, of Kansas City, North, is a senior communication major; Landry, of Springfield, Mo., is a senior philosophy major.
The National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence was held March 17-18 at the University of Wyoming. The tournament brings together the top 56 parliamentary debate teams in the nation to compete at this elite event.
Jewell’s second team, consisting of James Luce, junior, and Jake Williams, sophomore, qualified for the elimination round bracket with a 7-5 record before losing to UC-Berkeley and Southern Illinois University. Luce resides in Aurora, Mo., while Williams is a resident of Bellevue, Neb.