This year, four students from PLNU’s speech and debate team participated in the National Christian College Forensics Invitational (NCCFI) at John Brown University – a mainstay on the national forensics circuit and the largest of its kind for Christian colleges and universities. The tournament resulted in several awards and recognitions for the attendees from PLNU.

The freshman debate team, made up of students Brandon West and Josh Gilbert, took the national champion title for open parliamentary debate after successfully completing their quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds. West and Gilbert were also named first and third place speakers in debate overall.

Also noteworthy is Daniel Spencer’s third place award in the senior division of Lincoln Douglass debate in his first appearance in the event. He was also a semifinalist in open impromptu debate.

“It was exciting to have such a small group do so well, especially with the winning team being made up of freshman,” said Dr. Skip Rutledge, director of forensics at PLNU.

Other honorable mentions from the tournament include: West’s rankings of second place in the senior division of Lincoln Douglas debate, fourth place in novice impromptu debate, and sixth place in novice after-dinner speaking; and Gilbert’s fourth place ranking in novice informative and sixth place ranking in novice impromptu debate.




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