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John R. Park Debate Society Dominates WSCA Invitational Tournament; Wins Top Honors

Over the course of the WSCA weekend (February 25th - March 1st), the Department of Communication’s John R. Park Debate Society competed in its final regular season tournament before nationals begin in just a week. At this last tournament, the Debate Society turned in another first place performance. Members of the Debate Society collectively earned top honors among both 4 year schools and all schools in attendance; Individually, team members won 6/11 individual events, 4/10 top speaker awards, and a combined total of 30 competitive honors. When final season long rankings are calculated, these results should ensure the Debate Society a top five national ranking and a strong footing heading into the national tournaments.

Full results:

Overall Awards

1st Place – Four-Year University Sweepstakes

1st Place – Overall Sweepstakes

Individual Events Awards

1st Place – Communication Analysis – Maria DeMarco

1st Place – Dramatic Interpretation – Shaylee Tulane

1st Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Skyler Hektner

1st Place – Informative Speaking – Morgan Vanderveen

1st Place – Persuasive Speaking – Van Le

1st Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Jose Soto

2nd Place – Communication Analysis – Saige Miller

2nd Place – Impromptu Speaking – Shaylee Tulane

2nd Place – Informative Speaking – Averie Vockel

2nd Place – Poetry Interpretation – Kennedy Clayton

3rd Place – Communication Analysis – Skyler Hektner

3rd Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Shad Wojciechowski

3rd Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Shaylee Tulane

4th Place – Persuasive Speaking – Gabriela Piril

5th Place – After Dinner Speaking – Jay Meza

5th Place – Communication Analysis – Shad Wojciechowski

5th Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Braden Hooton

5th Place – Prose Interpretation – Daniel Ybarra


Debate Awards

3rd Speaker – Junior Parliamentary Debate – Averie Vockel

3rd Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Braden Hooton

4th Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Maria DeMarco

5th Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Morgan Vanderveen

8th Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Sydnee Spencer

Semifinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Jesse Hedin & Skyler Hektner

Semifinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Morgan Vanderveen & Maria DeMarco

Quarterfinalists – Junior Parliamentary Debate – Daniel Ybarra & Shad Wojciechowski

Quarterfinalists – Junior Parliamentary Debate – Gabi Piril & Averie Vockel

Quarterfinalists – Open Parliamentary Debate – Saige Miller & Sydnee Spencer

Octafinalists – Junior Parliamentary Debate – Van Le & Alex Cadena

On behalf of the College of Humanities, congratulations to everyone on the team and good luck at Nationals!

March 14, 2016. 

Last Updated: 6/1/21