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John R. Park Debate Society Wins "Best in the West" for Third Consecutive Year

The John R. Park Debate Society traveled to Seattle, WA on February 21-24, 2019 to participate in Western States Communication Association (WSCA) Invitational hosted by Bellevue College. At the tournament, the team closed-out the tournament (eliminating a final round by finishing as the top two debate partnerships in competition), earned the top two speaker awards in debate, won 10 final round finishes in public speaking events, and retained WSCA's "Best in the West" season-long award for a third year. Notably, no other team has defeated Utah in its effort to win this award since it was created three years ago. The team will begin its series of international and national championship tournaments to close out its season on March 6 by traveling to Berlin, Germany for the International Forensics Association Championships. 


Overall Awards

WSCA “Best in the West” Season-long Award

1st Place – Tournament Sweepstakes

Individual Event Awards

1st Place - After Dinner Speaking - Zac Ray
2nd Place - Prose Interpretation - Zac Ray
2nd Place - Programmed Oral Interpretation - Zac Ray
3rd Place - Communication Analysis - Amanda Shepherd
3rd Place - Informative Speaking - Amanda Shepherd
3rd Place - Persuasive Speaking - Averie Vockel
3rd Place - Extemporaneous Speaking - Shad Wojciechowski
3rd Place - After Dinner Speaking - Shad Wojciechowski
4th Place - After Dinner Speaking - Averie Vockel
5th Place - Dramatic Interpretation - Zac Ray

Debate Awards

Top Speaker - NPDA Debate - Courtney Nilson
2nd Place Speaker - NPDA Debate - Averie Vockel
4th Place Speaker - NPDA Debate - Shad Wojciechowski
Tournament Champions - NPDA Debate - Averie Vockel & Shad Wojciechowski
Tournament Champions - NPDA Debate - Leo Doctorman & Courtney Nilson
Octofinalists - NPDA Debate - Aidan Guzman-Newton & Amanda Shepherd
Last Updated: 6/1/21