The William Jewell debate squad finished its fall semester on top. Competing against some of the toughest competition in the country, the debate squad travelled to Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., on November 11-12 and won the Top School award. After two tournaments of competition, the squad advanced nine teams to the elimination rounds, more than any other school.
At the first tournament, five teams advanced to the elimination rounds with the team of Ben Boggs (first-year, Lee’s Summit, Mo.) and David Sanchez (sophomore, Liberty, Mo.) placing in the Top 20. The teams of Spencer Shanks (sophomore, Kearney, Mo.) and Tyler White (junior, Independence, Mo.) and Stephen Ahal (first-year, Chesterfield, Mo.) and Rosemary Loehr (junior, Kansas City, Mo.) debated in the Sweet Sixteen round. Being eliminated in the Elite Eight round were Matt Reisener (junior, Indianola, Iowa) and Kyle Mellon (junior, Norman, Okla.). The team of David Dingess (senior, Aurora, Colo.) and Andrew Potter (senior, Buhler, Kan.) lost a close decision in the Final Four round to the top-ranked team in the country. Recognized for top individual speakers were Reisener, placing 9th, and Potter, placing 8th.
At the second tournament, the Jewell squad did not slow down and advanced four teams to the elimination rounds. The team of Brit Isbell (first year, Monett, Mo.) and Wes McKellar (first year, Kansas City, Mo.) placed in the Top 20. The remaining teams of Dingess and Potter, Mellon and Reisener, and Shanks and White all debated in the Sweet Sixteen round.
During the tournament, Jewell teams defeated competition from Whitman College, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Puget Sound, among others. The Jewell squad will resume travel in January at Western Washington University.
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