The John R. Park Debate Society attended for the first time the National Speech Championships held on March 22-25 at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The event included competition in twelve public speaking events and marked the beginning of the national championship season for the Debate Society's public speaking competitors. At the tournament, the team earned two semifinals appearances, four quarterfinals appearances, and its first top 20 finish in public speaking competitions since adding that category of competition to its competitive roster just 6 years ago. The team will continue its series of national championship tournaments in Clemson, South Carolina at the U.S. Universities Debating Championships on April 12-16, 2019.