EWC Debater Beats University of Tennessee to Reach Final Four at Middle Tennessee State University Tournament

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Haley Lauze and Kenna Noble share awards recently received at an International Public Debating Association event held in Murfreesboro, TN.

Haley Lauze and Kenna Noble share awards recently received at an International Public Debating Association event held in Murfreesboro, TN.

Eastern Wyoming College debater Haley Lauze, Green River, WY, won five out of six preliminary rounds against students representing four year universities including Union University, Mississippi College, the University of Southern Mississippi, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee, and Valdosta State University (GA), to advance to the tournament’s elite eight.  Once there, she advanced over a University of Tennessee debater, winning all three of the judge’s ballots before losing in the final four on a close 2-1 decision to Jordan Nickell, a Middle Tennessee State debater and the eventual tournament champion.

Kenna Noble, LaGrange, WY, the other competitor representing EWC at the tournament in Murfreesboro, won four of six preliminary round debates, succeeding over debaters from Valdosta, Mississippi College, and the University of Tennessee, losing her last round to a debater from Union University. She missed advancing to the elite eight by four speaker (quality) points.

Although EWC was the only community college entered into the International Public Debating Association (IPDA) event at the tournament, the others were four year universities, other community colleges had entered National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) events. Based upon EWC’s success, with only two debaters, the squad took second place in community college debate sweepstakes behind Walter’s State Community College, who brought eight debaters.

The team next travels to two different sites – Northwest College and Black Hills State University – with half of the squad going to each location on November 4-5.

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