Jacy Gomez was named National Champion Speaker and Simpson College won the overall sweepstakes award at a weekend tournament hosted by Simpson. In Radio Broadcasting, Ellen Keyser placed second.
Simpson debaters captured three of the top six speaker awards in the field of 20 students. In addition to Gomez, Alex Severn was named 4th speaker and Nate Connealy 5th speaker.
All in all, it was an enormously successful showing at the first Public Communications Speech & Debate League (PCSDL) National Tournament, hosted by Simpson the weekend of Feb. 22-23.
The following colleges and universities competed at the event:
AIB College of Business
Northwest Missouri State University
Ohio State University
Simpson entered 13 students in the competition.
Debate Sweepstakes (overall team points)
1. Simpson College 58
2. Northwest Missouri State University 47
3. Ohio University 18
4. Ottawa University 15
Speech Sweepstakes (overall team points)
1. Ohio University 148
2. Marietta College 60
3. Simpson College 46
4. Ottawa University 34
5. Ohio State University 9
1. Ohio University 61
2. Simpson College 57
3. Northwest Missouri State University 37
4. Ottawa University 22
5. Marietta College 19
Ellen Keyser 2nd Place in Radio Broadcasting
Emma Kain 6th Place in Radio Broadcasting
Ethan Fredrick & Tyler Millard 3rd Place in Duo Improv
Robert Lyons & Ashley Gomez 5th Place in Duo Improv
Jacob McLain & Robert Lyons – 2nd Place
Ethan Fredrick & Jacy Gomez – 3rd Place
Michelle Beving & Kiley Murray 5th Place
Jacob McLain and Robert Lyons made it to the final round in Public Forum Debate, eventually losing to NWMSU on a 2-1 decision.