EWC Debate Team ends year among nation’s best

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 • 8:48 am

Photo caption: EWC Debate Team in St. Louis (from l to r) Tom Webster, Tim Van Litsenborgh, Shaylyn Reichert, Hannah Chapman, Jessica Rammell (not pictured: Chelsea Clement)

The Eastern Wyoming College speech & debate team traveled to Webster University March 13-16, 2013, for the season ending Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament in St. Louis. Competitors from 89 colleges and universities from every region of the country competed in speech & debate events at the tournament.

With over 100 teams competing in the parliamentary debate competition over three divisions, the EWC squad finished the preliminary rounds with all of their wins coming against four-year universities including Chapman University, College of Idaho and Murray State.  The team is coached by John Hansen and Ron Bronson.

The team’s finish at nationals placed the Eastern Wyoming’s debate team among the top 25 community colleges in the National Parliamentary Debate Association national standings and 106th in the nation. Most schools travel four or more teams to tournaments, earning points for each. “The fact that EWC managed to move up over eighty spots in the standings from last year with less than a full roster, just makes what our students and coaches have done all the more impressive,” said Bronson.

Participating for EWC were Hannah Chapman, Chelsea Clement, Jessica Rammell, Shaylyn Reichert, Tim Van Litsenborgh and Tom Webster. “For a second year program to make such a dramatic leap in the standings is really a testament to the commitment of our students to improve over the past season,” said Coach John Hansen. EWC’s finish in the national rankings, places them ahead of Central Wyoming College, University of Kentucky, CU-Colorado Springs, South Dakota School of Mines, Oral Roberts and the University of Oklahoma, among others.

For more information about EWC debate, including scholarship opportunities for high school students who competed in speech & debate, contact John Hansen at 307-532-8367.

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