CU Debate Team Takes Second Place at Tournament

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

Cedarville, Ohio—The Cedarville University Debate Team won second place in parliamentary debate at the recent Boilermaker Special Debate Tournament at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. The team topped several colleges and universities, including the nationally recognized debate teams of Patrick Henry College, Creighton University, and McKendree College. The competition featured 20 other colleges from around the country and approximately 124 student competitors within the parliamentary debate division.

Top performances were led by the novice duo of John Cooper (freshman from Greenwood, S.C.) and Geneva Wilgus (freshman from Phippsburg, Maine), who took second place in the novice debate team awards. Cooper also took first place in the novice speaking awards, Wilgus took second, and Christen Price (sophomore from Beavercreek, Ohio) took third. Xenia resident Jenna Marcum (junior philosophy and communication arts major) advanced to the octafinals in the varsity debate team awards.

The debate team is coached by Dr. Rebecca Sietman, who is an assistant professor of communication arts.