Debate

Debate Team

Simpson’s national championship public forum debate team had plenty of hardware to haul after the 2013 tournament: From left, Dustin Peters, Steffi Lee, Jacy Gomez, Ethan Frederick, Alex Severn and Nate Connealy.

 

 

Simpson College debate team is an award-winning team that competes across the country. The team provides great opportunities to get involved on campus and meet new people. By joining the debate team, you will increase your public speaking abilities and ability to think quickly and creatively.

What is debate?
Jacy Gomez and Julius Foster

Jacy Gomez and Julius Foster take home a win at the Bulldog Battle at Butler University in January 2013.

Debate is a research and presentation process often involving competitions at the collegiate level. Students gather general knowledge about the provided competition topic and then dig deep into research and discover pros and cons to each side of the topic. They pick their best arguments and form a case. Then as a team, they practice competing against each other to prepare for interschool competition.

The Competition

A round of debate consists of two speakers consecutively presenting their cases confidently and persuasively. The second speaker must think on her/his feet to combat the criticisms of their opponent while presenting the case. The back and forth between the two speakers is quick, intense and exciting for the speakers, audience and judges. Judging is based on the persuasiveness of the arguments presented by the speakers.

 

Awards and Recognition

Simpson College is currently the only college in Iowa and one of the first colleges in the nation to offer public forum debate.

2013-2014 Academic Year Awards

 

2012-2013 Academic Year Awards

 

For more information or if you are interested in joining the team, contact Spencer Waugh at spencer.waugh@simpson.edu.