Eastern Wyoming College student Helena Khouri, freshman, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, earned top novice honors and recognition as fifth debate speaker overall at the Monument Swing, a tournament co-hosted by Western Nebraska Community College and Eastern Wyoming College on WNCC’s campus February 3-5.
Khouri, Jaxson Heyland, freshman, Evanston, WY, and Kenna Noble, freshman, LaGrange, WY, competed in International Public Debate Association (IPDA) debate on Friday against teams from Black Hills State University, Northwest College, Casper College, and Western Nebraska Community College. All three debaters finished with a 2-3 record. Khouri was 2-2, with wins over Northwest and Western Nebraska, before losing to the eventual tournament champion from Casper College in her fifth round. Khouri’s outstanding performance ranked her as fifth among the fifteen debaters. Noble, with wins early over Black Hills State and Western Nebraska, lost to Casper College in the fifth round, keeping her from reaching the tournament’s elite eight. Heyland had losses to debaters from Casper, Western, and Black Hills, but did earn wins over Casper and Western in his last two preliminary rounds.
On Saturday for the first speech/individual events tournament, Khouri, who began competitive speaking this term, earned the award for top novice competitor in impromptu speaking, while competing against national ranked speech teams from four-year colleges including: Hastings College, University of Nebraska-Kearney, The Colorado College, and top community college competitors from Casper College, Northwest College, and Western Nebraska. Khouri also earned fifth place in the open division of Program of Oral Interpretation (POI). Heyland earned sixth in After Dinner Speaking (ADS), a humorous persuasive speech event.
Sunday’s tournament, featuring many of the same competitors, saw Khouri win top novice honors for her work in POI and third place overall in the event, while Heyland again earned sixth in ADS.
The Monument Swing is the second tournament EWC has been involved in managing this year. EWC students Anna Perez, sophomore, Canet de Mar, Spain; Adrian Torres-Ruiz, sophomore, Madrid, Spain; Carmen Carajal, sophomore, Lugo, Spain; Giovanna Jordao, sophomore, Sao Paulo, Brazil; debate team captain Haley Lauze, sophomore, Green River, WY; and team member Justin Griebe, sophomore, Torrington, WY, all assisted in running Sunday’s tournament on the WNCC campus.
The team including Haley Lauze, Helena Khouri, Sarah Koster, sophomore, Torrington, WY; Kenna Noble, James Schock, sophomore, Yoder, WY; and Zach Bearnson, freshman, Torrington, WY, will travel to Oklahoma University February 9-13 to compete in the IPDA team debate.
For more information about the Speech and Debate program at EWC, please contact Jeremy Christensen, Communications Instructor/Forensics Director at 307.532.8367.