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John R. Park Debate Society Takes Top Honors at Fall Championships

The John R. Park Debate Society traveled to Thousand Oaks, California for the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Associaton Fall Championships to conclude its Fall 2019 competitive season. Among the team’s many accomplishments, students from Utah, in competition against more than 30 colleges and universities, won three events, placed in finals in 14 events, and won the overall sweepstakes award for University participants. With these results, Utah competitors have qualified more than 20 events to national and international championships next semester, hosted the British National Debate Team, and hosted the largest (and season-opening) high school tournament in Utah during the Fall semester. The team will look to build on a strong fall season when spring competition begins with the Great Salt Lake Invitaitonal held at the University of Utah in January.


Overall Awards

  • 1st Place - University Sweepstakes

Individual Event Awards

  • 1st Place – After-Dinner Speaking – Ben Jensen
  • 1st Place – Informative Speaking – Ryan Knippel
  • 1st Place – Persuasive Speaking – Wendy Joseph
  • 2nd Place – Communication Analysis – Grace Osusky
  • 2nd Place – Informative Speaking – Tiffany Chan
  • 3rd Place – Communication Analysis – Billy Finlay
  • 3rd Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Grace Osusky
  • 3rd Place – Informative Speaking – Billy Finlay
  • 4th Place – Impromptu Speaking – Ashton Poindexter
  • 5th Place – After-Dinner Speaking – Zac Ray
  • 5th Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Vivian Lee
  • 6th Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Katie Workman

Debate Awards

British Parliamentary Debate

    • 2nd place - British Parliamentary Debate - Jared Lange & Katie Workman
    • 3rd place - British Parliamentary Debate - Grace Osusky & Ben Jensen

IPDA Debate

    • Gold Medal – IPDA Debate - Ryan Knippel

Lincoln-Douglas Debate

    • Silver Medal – Lincoln-Douglas Debate - Ashton Poindexter


Last Updated: 6/1/21