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John R. Park Debate Society Wins Tournament Sweepstakes at 53rd Annual United States Air Force Invitational

Debate teamThe John R. Park Debate Society attended the 53rd Annual United States Air Force Invitational (Sept. 26 & 27). Among many successes, the team, for the first time since 1971, won the overall tournament sweepstakes, defeating over 23 universities and colleges (including San Diego State University, University of Vermont, University of Missouri, and the University of Alaska).

Below is a full list of honors earned:

University Level Awards

  • 1st Place – Overall Tournament Sweepstakes
  • 1st Place – Individual Events Sweepstakes

Individual Event Awards

  • 1st Place – Communication Analysis – Skyler Hektner
  • 1st Place – Impromptu Speaking – Shaylee Tulane
  • 1st Place – Informative Speaking – Yennhi Hoang
  • 1st Place – Persuasive Speaking – Maria DeMarco
  • 2nd Place – Communication Analysis – Yennhi Hoang
  • 2nd Place – Dramatic Interpretation – Shaylee Tulane
  • 2nd Place – Persuasive Speaking – Yennhi Hoang
  • 3rd Place – Poetry Interpretation – Kennedy Clayton
  • 4th Place – Informative Speaking – Averie Vockel
  • 4th Place – Prose Interpretation – Morgan Vanderveen

Debate Awards

  • 1st Place – Open Parliamentary Debate – Jesse Hedin & Skyler Hektner
  • Semifinalists (3rd) – Open Parliamentary Debate – Shaylee Tulane & Kennedy Clayton
  • Quarterfinalists – Novice Parliamentary Debate – Maria DeMarco & Morgan Vanderveen
  • Quarterfinalists – Novice Parliamentary Debate – Van Le & Averie Vockel

Debate Speaker Awards

  • 2nd Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Jesse Hedin
  • 6th Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Shaylee Tulane
  • 7th Speaker – Open Parliamentary Debate – Skyler Hektner
  • 9th Speaker – Novice Parliamentary Debate – Averie Vockel
  • 12th Speaker – Novice Parliamentary Debate – Morgan Vanderveen

We look forward to sharing additional results as the season progresses. The team’s next competition will be held in Nevada on October 16-18, 2015.

Last Updated: 1/31/19