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Forensics and Debate
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.
RECENT TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Gary Harmon, Director of KWU 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.
PKD = Phi Kappa Delta; NCCFI = National Christian College Forensics Invitational;
LDOC = Lincoln Douglas Open Championship; NJVT = National Junior Varsity Tournament