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Kansas Wesleyan University

Kansas Wesleyan’s speech and debate team recently concluded the 2020 portion of its season with a pair of virtual tournaments.

The team kicked off the quick turnaround at the Gold Coast Swing Nov. 14 and 15, a two-day tournament hosted by Lynn University. KWU finished with top performances in the event, which included parliamentary and Lincoln-Douglas debate competitions.

The team then wrapped up its 2020 slate shortly thereafter at the Diablo Valley Thing, hosted by Diablo Valley College in California, competing in parliamentary debate, individual debate and other individual events. 

A capsule of individual results from each event appears below.

Gold Coast Swing: 

Savannah Bonilla (Salina, Kansas): First-Place and Top Speaker, Lincoln-Douglas – First-Place and Fourth-Place Speaker

Bryce Boyd (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma): First-Place and Top Speaker, Parliamentary Debate

Diablo Valley Thing:

Abby Wray (Wichita, Kansas):  Bronze Medalist, Individual Debate – Fourth-Place, Dramatic Interpretation – Fourth-Place, Program of Oral Interpretation – Seventh Place Parliamentary Debate Speaker

Boyd: Quarterfinalist and Third-Place Speaker, Parliamentary Debate

Bonilla: Quarterfinalist, Parliamentary Debate

Luke Hager (Abilene, Kansas):  Third-Place, Novice Extemporaneous Speaking – Third-Place, Novice Informative – Sixth-Place, Novice Impromptu

Nic Cheney (Scott City, Kansas): Third-Place, Novice Dramatic Interpretation

Elizabeth Schaefer (Lyons, Kansas): Fourth-Place, Program of Oral Interpretation

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ABOUT KWU: Kansas Wesleyan University is a private, non-profit four-year college located in Salina, Kan., and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Its mission is to promote and integrate academic excellence, spiritual development, personal well-being and social responsibility. KWU provides an educational program characterized by excellence, within a caring community, rooted in the liberal arts tradition, that includes 16 academic departments and a wide range of majors. More than 99% of graduates are in jobs or graduate school within six months of graduation, a figure that is among the top two such rates in the state of Kansas. KWU’s music program and debate teams have been especially successful, with debate winning more than 50 national championships and graduates of the music program securing positions all over the U.S., while multiple athletic teams have advanced to national tournaments. For more information, visit