KWU Debate on a Winning Streak

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Dakota Yates, Autumn Zimmerman, Megan Kline and Tanner Bowles
Yates, Zimmerman top second half of Border Wars Swing; KWU places third in Sweeps

The Kansas Wesleyan University hosted with Cameron University the 12th annual Border Wars Swing Tournament on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University on Feb. 2–4. Sixteen universities from Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska competed. Kansas Wesleyan University hosted the first two days of the Swing and Cameron University hosted the third day allowing Kansas Wesleyan to compete in the second part of the Swing.

Winning the Kansas Wesleyan part of the Swing was Nebraska University Lincoln. Wiley College placed second with University of Central Missouri placing third. In the second half of the Swing, Wiley College placed first, Nebraska University Lincoln placed second and Kansas Wesleyan University placed third.

In Parliamentary Debate, the team of senior Dakota Yates and junior Autumn Zimmerman won first place. It was the third-straight tournament in which Kansas Wesleyan won parliamentary debate. Yates was also the Best Speaker and Autumn Zimmerman was the fifth Best Speaker. In Lincoln Douglas Debate, Yates was second best speaker.

In Forensics in the second part of the Swing, sophomore Megan Kline placed first in Extemporaneous Speaking and was second in Impromptu Speaking. She also placed seventh in Informative Speaking. Zimmerman placed fourth in Program of Oral Interpretation, sixth in Informative Speaking, fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking and seventh in Communication Analysis.

In individual sweepstakes competition, Kline placed first and Zimmerman placed second in pentathlon. Students had to enter at least five individual events. For the Coyote award, students added all the points they earned in individual events and debate. Earning first place for a Coyote Award was Zimmerman. Junior Tanner Bowles placed second.