Cedarville Debate Team Takes First Place at Tournament

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio-The Cedarville University Debate won first place in parliamentary debate at the recent Western Kentucky University Debate Fiesta in Bowling Green, Ky. The team topped approximately 20 other colleges and universities, including the nationally recognized debate teams of Patrick Henry College, Missouri State University, Purdue University, and Wheaton College. The team`s win was due in part to the efforts of three local residents: sophomore Jenna Marcum of Beavercreek (daughter of Robert and Sharon Marcum), Christen Price of Beavercreek (daughter of Walter and Idora Price), and Andrew Vitaliti of Xenia (son of John and Constance Vitaliti). Vitaliti and Price partnered to take third place in the novice semifinals. Marcum and teammate Becky Smith (sophomore from North Canton, Ohio) took fifth place in the novice quarterfinals. In addition, Marcum won the fourth place speaker award. Additional top team performances were led by the varsity team of Emily VanVliet (senior from Rochester, Minn.) and Nathan Washatka (sophomore from Howard, Ohio), who took third place in the semifinals. The novice team of Courtney Edmonds (freshman from Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Mark Miller (freshman from Chesterland, Ohio) took first place in the finals. The novice team of Amelia Hoganson (senior from Comstock Park, Mich.) and Nila Privedenyuk (sophomore from Indian Orchard, Mass.) took seventh place in the quarterfinals. Hoganson also took the third place speaker award The debate team is coached by Xenia resident Dr. Rebecca Sietman, who is an assistant professor of communication arts.