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Jewell debaters place 6th at National Parliamentary Tournament
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
April 13, 2010

William Jewell College sophomore debaters David Dingess (Aurora, CO) and Andrew Potter (Buhler, KS) placed 6th at the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, hosted this year by Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, CA on March 27-29. Represented at the tournament were over 30 colleges and universities fielding the top 64 parliamentary debate teams in the nation.

“Dingess and Potter entered the tournament as the 35th seed, so they surpassed every expectation,” said Dr. Gina Lane, Director of Debate. “They defeated several teams seeded in the top 20, including the University of the Pacific, Washburn University and Southern Illinois University.” The team survived five elimination rounds before losing to 2nd place University of Oregon.

“I am so proud of this team,” said Kevin Garner, Assistant Debate Coach. “They have worked so hard to do well this year. Earlier this spring they won the Missouri State Championships, so to finish 6th at the NPTE is just an outstanding end to their season.”

Three other Jewell teams qualified to compete at the NPTE: Nichole Latimer (sophomore, Yankton, SD) and Kyle Mellon (first year, Norman, OK); Heather Swadley (first year, Shawnee, OK) and Abby Thomas (sophomore, Columbia, MO); and first years Matt Reisener (Indianola, IA) and Tyler White (Kansas City, MO).

While the NPTE is an invitational only tournament that brings the top 64 teams to compete against each other, one week earlier Jewell competed at the National Parliamentary Debate Association Championships, held March 19-22 at Texas Tech University. Jewell placed 5th overall when four of five competing Jewell teams qualified for the awards bracket by posting 5-3 or better preliminary round records. The teams won their first debate in the awards bracket before losing in the second round, finishing in the top 64 teams out of 190 competing teams from 59 colleges and universities. The overall sweepstakes award went to Washburn University, followed by Whitman College, Western Washington University, Texas Tech University and William Jewell.

In addition to their tournament awards, Jewell received 6th place in the season-long sweepstakes out of over 250 colleges and universities who competed in parliamentary debate in 2009-10.

William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.
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