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Forensics and Debate

Arguing the Point

The Kansas Wesleyan University competitive Forensics and Debate Program was established to provide a place for those students who had enjoyed high school forensics and debate and wanted to continue that experience.  Today, that mission continues and has included students who have never competed in debate and forensics before college.  The mix has been successful as—with Autumn Zimmerman being named National Champion Novice Parliamentary Debate Speaker at the NCCFI in San Diego, CA, on Mar. 5–7, 2016— our squad now has won 30 national championships. The KWU squad has been competitive in about 12 regional and national tournaments each year, facing schools from across the United States. The team makes yearly or bi-annual trips to Louisiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and California to compete.


South Dakota State University

Southeast Oklahoma State University

Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament

Christian College National Forensics and Debate Tournament

Kansas State Individual Events Tournament

KWU Forensics Competes at Sweetheart Swing

KWU Debaters Shine at Gorlok Gala

 Gary Harmon, Director of KWU Forensics and Debate

KWU’s Gary Harmon Honored for 50 years of Promoting Forensics and Debate

Since his arrival at KWU, Harmon’s Coyotes Forensics and Debate teams won 30 national championships. These were 19 varsity national championships and two school debate sweepstakes championships, with one All-American, plus 9 junior varsity and novice national championships.

List of KWU Forensics and Debate National Champions

PKD = Phi Kappa Delta;  NCCFI = National Christian College Forensics Invitational;

LDOC = Lincoln Douglas Open Championship; NJVT = National Junior Varsity Tournament