Forensics Results

Lewis & Clark Tournament

On the weekend of Oct. 13-14, 2012, the George Fox University debate team took six British Parliamentary teams to a tournament at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore. This tournament was the largest regional tournament for BP competition the GFU team has attended over the past four years; there were 52 teams (104 students) overall, from universities such as University of Denver, Portland State, Humboldt State and Willamette.

Out of the six George Fox teams, five broke into elimination rounds – a new record for the team. In fact, George Fox teams were represented in the final rounds of all three divisions of the tournament. Here are the final results:

Novice

AJ Mendoza and Luke Petach won their final round, making them tournament champions in the Novice Division. Also competing in the final round in Novice Division was Karina Ramirez and Kathryn Knight, who took third overall (and they were the top-ranked novice team going into the final round). It was Karina and Kathryn’s first time competing at a tournament, and AJ and Luke’s second time in competition.

Junior

In Junior Division, Patrick Campbell and Kaitlyn Elting qualified for the final round, and took third overall.

Senior

Landon Isabell and Jenny Newman are also eligible to compete in Junior Division, but they did so well in preliminary rounds that they broke into the competitive senior-level quarterfinals. Stephen Kenyon and Brice Ezell also qualified for senior quarterfinals, and ultimately advanced to the final round, where they took third overall.

The team also had two students who were recognized as Top Speakers at the tournament: Stephen Kenyon was ranked as the eighth-best speaker, and his partner, Brice Ezell, placed second overall with his speaker scores.

Northwest Forensics Conference

in 2012, George Fox's forensics team was recognized as a Bronze Medal Program in the Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC), a region encompassing Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Northern California and Alaska. Stephen Kenyon and Brize Ezell were recognized as top debaters in the NFC, each earning an honorable mention for the Coaches Commemorative Award. George Fox was also recognized as a Silver Medal Quality Program in the Northwest, an award that compares the number of awards won with the size of the team.

Regional Tournaments

George Fox also brought home awards from each of the four regional tournaments the team attended in 2011-12:

  • At the Lewis & Clark tournament in October, the squad earned the Bronze Medal in debate and followed that with a Gold Medal debate championship at the Linfield tournament in November. At Linfield, Ezell and Kenyon took first place in British Parliamentary debate, and Mary Lane was tournament champion in the Dramatic Interpretation speech event. George Fox ultimately won the Bronze Medal sweepstakes award at Linfield.
  • At the Lower Columbia tournament in November, George Fox brought home 10 awards total: Ezell and Kenyon took the Silver Medal in debate and earned the first- and third-place Top Speaker awards, respectively; Lane earned another Gold Medal in Dramatic Interpretation, and Pilar Beier, Larkin Madden, Traci Sirotiak and Karina Ramirez brought home six additional speaking awards between them.
  • In January, GFU attended a tournament at Pacific University. Freshmen debaters Jenny Newman and Landon Isabell won third place, with Josiah Hotovec and Micah Hotovec taking fifth. Isabell and Josiah Hotovec were also recognized as Top Speakers, and Lane once again took the Gold Medal in Dramatic Interpretation. Overall, George Fox finished in second place at Pacific.

U.S. Universities National Debate Tournament

After significant and consistent regional success, the George Fox team completed its competitive season by taking 10 debaters to the 2012 United States Universities National Debate Tournament, held at Willamette University April 13-15. The team went head to head with almost 200 other teams from established debate programs across the world, including Yale, Cornell, UCLA, Stanford, and University of London, among others. The GFU debaters ended up in the middle of the field – a worthy accomplishment for a small team that is relatively new to British Parliamentary style debate.

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