The debate team won an NPDA tournament in September

Debate Team Wins Wheaton Tournament


by Natalia Kirychuk, Public Relations Writer

The Cedarville University debate team competed in a National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) competition and won the Sweepstakes and Novice divisions. The event was held at Wheaton College Sept. 23–24.  

Leading the victorious effort were a pair of freshmen – Jeremiah Edwards and Caleb Jackson. Edwards, who is majoring in mechanical engineering, and Jackson, a political science major, won first place in the novice division. Junior Brandon Best, an English major, and sophomore Colby Johnson, majoring in economics, were semifinalists in the open debate category. Rebecca Murch, a freshman industrial design major, and Nathan Jessurun, a sophomore computer engineering major, were semifinalists in the novice division.

The debate team has ranked in the top 25 nationally the past three years and finished second in the nation for the 2013-14 season. 

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,760 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit