CU Debate Team Takes First Place at Tourney

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio-The Cedarville University Debate Team won first place in parliamentary debate at the recent University of Notre Dame Irish Invitational in South Bend, Ind. The team topped numerous colleges and universities from around the country, including the nationally recognized debate teams of Wheaton College and Hillsdale College. The team`s win was due in part to the efforts of three local residents: sophomore Jenna Marcum of Xenia (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). Marcum and teammate Becky Smith (sophomore from North Canton, Ohio) took first place in the novice division. In addition, Marcum won the fifth place speaker award, and Smith won sixth place speaker award. Vitaliti and Price partnered to take second place in the novice division. Furthermore, Price won the fourth place speaker award. Additional top team performances were led by the varsity teams of Emily VanVliet (senior from Rochester, Minn.) and Nathan Washatka (sophomore from Howard, Ohio), Courtney Edmonds (freshman from Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Mark Miller (freshman from Chesterland, Ohio), and Brandi Biggar (senior from Chesapeake, Va.) and Joe Dugan (junior from Dearborn, Mich.), all of whom were octafinalists. Varsity speaking awards went to Edmonds (second), Miller (fourth), Washatka (fifth), VanVliet (seventh), and Dugan (tenth). The debate team is coached by Xenia resident Dr. Rebecca Sietman, who is an assistant professor of communication arts.