EWC Debate Team wins at Monument Debate Tournament

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

EWC’s Debate student Zachary Lybrand

EWC’s Debate student Zachary Lybrand

Eastern Wyoming College student Zachary Lybrand sophomore, Douglas WY, attended the Western Nebraska Monument Debate on February 2-3, 2018.

Lybrand won four rounds and lost one round to Casper College earning him a trip to the semifinal round. In winning the preliminary rounds he defeated debaters from the South Dakota School of Mines, Western Nebraska Community College, and Western Wyoming Community College.

According to Interim Debate Team Coach John Hansen, “Zach’s success is illustrative of many hours of refining his craft, research, and overall hard work.” Hansen continued “Debate tournaments really stretch student’s depth of knowledge, Zach debated topics covering elimination of teacher tenure, fake news, Korean unification, politicized awards shows, and national privacy.”

Lybrand brought home 5 trophies and won the following awards: 4th best speaker, 3rd place sweepstakes individual events, 2nd place sweepstakes IPDA Debate, 2nd place community college sweepstakes, and tied for 3rd place for the tournament.

Lybrand will graduate in May and is weighing his options for which university he will attend.  Lybrand stated “Right now, I am weighing quite a few options and looking at where I can transfer to continue my debate career.” Lybrand continued “Thanks to EWC and Debate Team Coach Jeremy Christensen for creating such great opportunities.” Hansen followed-up “Debate Coach Christensen taught Zachary this past year and provided him with the tools for success.”

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