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Feb. 24, 2014MARYVILLE, Mo. | By: Pinney
Three novice members of the Speech and Debate Team at Northwest Missouri State University traveled to the Public Communication Speech and Debate League National Tournament in Iowa this past weekend and came away with an impressive win.
Two freshmen on the team, Emily Meyers and Nick Van Ross, went undefeated in preliminary rounds of Public Forum Debate to advance to a final round against a team from Simpson College, which they won on a 2-1 decision.
Northwest Missouri State Director of Forensics, Professor Brian Swafford, says this was the first PCSDL National Tournament for the Bearcats, and coming away with the win is impressive.
The Public Forum Debate topic that will last until late March concerns the recent cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Swafford says the students have to prepare for both sides of the debate.
Another freshman on the team, Tristan Newell, placed 5th in Radio Broadcasting, an event in which students must prepare a 5 minute news broadcast based on a packet of news articles they are given 30 minutes before the round.
The Speaking Bearcats will be in action again this weekend in Nebraska before traveling to the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament in Indianapolis in late March.