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Jewell debaters win state honors, head to nationals
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
February 25, 2009

After being ranked recently among the top 10% in the nation by the National Parliamentary Debate Association, William Jewell College debaters dominated the field this month at the Missouri State Debate Championship, with two teams closing out the final round of the tournament and claiming both first and second place.

Based on their elimination round seeding, Jake Williams, a senior Oxbridge Institutions and Policies and philosophy double major from Omaha, Neb., and Tim Brooks, a sophomore political science and mathematics major from Springfield, Mo., were named State Champions. Williams received top speaker for the tournament, and Brooks received second speaker.

First-year debaters David Dingess, an Oxbridge History of Ideas major from Aurora, Colo., and Andrew Potter, a political science major from Buhler, Kan., reached the final round after knocking off the top-seed of the tournament from Truman State University to receive second place.

Jewell debaters Kyle Hendricks, a sophomore political science major from Gladstone, Mo.; Paige Oster, a senior Oxbridge Institutions and Policies and political science double major from Springfield, Mo.; Nichole Latimer, a first-year Oxbridge History of Ideas major from Yankton, S.D.; and Abby Thomas, a first-year political science major from Columbia, Mo., all finished as quarterfinalists.

With the completion of state competition for the current academic year, members of the debate team will move on to nationals at the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, to be held at the University of California at Berkeley, and at the National Parliamentary Debate Association Championships, to be held at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.

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 1.5 million.

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