CU Debate Team Wins Kentucky Tourney

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

Cedarville, Ohio-The Cedarville University Debate Team won first place in parliamentary debate at the recent Western Kentucky Debate Fiesta at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. The team defeated several other colleges and universities, including the nationally recognized debate teams of McKendree College, Belmont University, and the University of Texas-San Antonio. The competition featured approximately 15 other colleges and 86 student competitors within the parliamentary debate division.

Top performances were led by the novice duo of John Cooper and Geneva Wilgus, who won first place in the novice debate team awards. Cooper also took first place in the novice speaking awards, Christen Price took second, and Wilgus took third. Price, along with her teammate Isaac Mayeux, won second place in the novice team debate category, and Pamela Eustace took third with Michael Shirzadian.

In the varsity debate team category, Jenna Marcum and Nate Washatka finished as quarterfinalists along with another team, Courtney Edmonds and Mark Miller.

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