KWU Debate Wins October Slam

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Debate Champs

KWU placed first overall in debate and forensics at the October Slam tournament at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri. Coyote forces continued to dominate nearly every aspect of the tournament.

Three out of four teams made their way into elimination rounds in parliamentary debate. Freshman Nick Fowler and sophomore Jake Provo placed fourth. Junior Tonya Powers and senior Kiefer Storrer placed third. Freshman Kris Lewis and senior Zack Brown placed second. Kiefer Storrer also placed fourth in parliamentary speaker awards.

In Lincoln Douglas debate, freshman Amber Benning won first in the novice division. Kris Lewis, Nick Fowler, Jake Provo, and Zack Brown all won their quarterfinal round and closed out the tournament, tying for first place. Lewis received second place speaker, and Provo earned second.

The Coyote forensics team was also hard at work. Kiefer Storrer and Junior Kourtney Maison were the only two competitors. Storrer received first in Extemporaneous Speaking, Maison received sixth in Poetry. Both placed in After Dinner Speaking, with Storrer winning second and Maison getting a first place trophy. Storrer was a semifinalist in Impromptu, and Maison won first in yet another category. Maison placed fourth in Program of Oral Interpretation and third in Prose. Storrer placed second in Communication Analysis.

Storrer and Maison won second and first in Individual Competitor Championships. This award is given to competitors who are successful in multiple events and based on points earned throughout the forensics portion of the tournament. Zack Brown won the title “October Slam Champion” for winning the most points among all events possible.

Sweepstakes awards are given to the whole school and based on number of points earned per entry and number of entries per school. In forensics, the KWU team earned second with only Kourtney Maison and Kiefer Storrer competing. The school won first in overall debate sweepstakes, and first in combined sweepstakes. In both debate and combined categories, the team was over one hundred points higher than their nearest competition.