The William Jewell College debaters finished 19th in overall sweepstakes at the National Parliamentary Debate Association Championships March 27-30. Eighty colleges and universities competed at the event, which brought together nearly 500 debaters from around the United States to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.
Jewell had two teams qualify for the single elimination round awards brackets by finishing 5-3 in preliminary rounds. Senior Jake Williams, an Oxbridge Institutions and Policies and Philosophy double major from Omaha, Neb., and his partner Tim Brooks, a sophomore political science major from Springfield, Mo., defeated Pepperdine University in the first elimination round before losing to Western Kentucky University. Senior Paige Oster, an Oxbridge Institutions and Policies and Political Science double major from Springfield, Mo., and Kyle Hendricks, a sophomore political science major from Gladstone, Mo., lost to the University of Wyoming in the first elimination round.
"This was the last tournament of their debate careers for both Williams and Oster, and it is fitting that they both received trophies from the national tournament," said Director of Debate Dr. Gina Lane. "They have shown outstanding leadership to the team, and we will miss them greatly."
Two Jewell teams narrowly missed the awards bracket, finishing with a 4-4 record in preliminary rounds. They were first year David Dingess, an Oxbridge History of Ideas major from Aurora, Colo., and his partner, Andrew Potter, a political science major from Buhler, Kan., as well as Nichole Latimer, an Oxbridge History of Ideas major from Yankton, S.D., and Abby Thomas, a political science major from Columbia, Mo. "I am very proud of the entire squad. With the exception of our two seniors, the entire group comprises first and second year debaters. They are highly talented and have learned a great deal this year. I am expecting great things from them next season," said Lane.
The previous week three Jewell debate teams competed at the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, hosted by the University of California at Berkeley on March 21-23. Two teams, Brooks and Williams, and Oster and Hendricks, narrowly missed qualifying for the elimination round awards bracket after failing to win enough ballots in their last preliminary round. The tournament annually invites the top 64 teams in the nation to compete.
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