by Public Relations Office
December 17, 2004
Cedarville, OhioThe Cedarville University Debate Team topped 17 other colleges and universities to win first place in debate at the recent Berea College John G. Fee Invitational in Berea, Ky.
The Cedarville varsity team of Katie Sparks (senior from Sylvania, Ohio) and Joe Dugan (sophomore from Dearborn, Mich.) took second place in the finals, while the novice team of Laura Amick (freshman from Washington, Pa.) and Jared Doden (senior from Auburn, Ind.) finished as quarterfinalists.
Team Coach Rebecca Sietman explained, "This was a collapsed tournament, meaning novice and varsity were in the same debate rounds. However, novice teams who did not advance into outrounds were still recognized with awards." Novice awards for those not in outrounds went to Grant Drallette (senior from Climax, Mich.) and Stephanie LoDico (senior from Sewell, N.J.) for first place, Ryan Bower (freshman from Mohrsville, Pa.) and Matt Handley (freshman from Phoenixville, Pa.) for second, and Laura Davis (senior from Altus, Okla.) and Nathan Washatka (sophomore from Howard, Ohio) for sixth.
In novice debate, Amick took the second place speaker award, while Handley took fourth, LoDico fifth, and Drallette sixth. In varsity debate, the first place speaker award went to Sparks, while Dugan took third, Doden fourth, and Laura Mruk (senior from Gurnee, Ill.) sixth.
The debate team is coached by Xenia resident Rebecca Sietman, who is an instructor of communication arts.