Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Eagle Debaters Sweep UPS tournament

Second, Third Place -- Top Four Best Speakers

Kirkland, October 29, 2012

to Calvin Horne and James Bowsher for winning Second Place at the University of Puget Sound Debate tournament last weekend

The Northwest University team of Kyle Hamar and Abbie Kruse also made finals, placing Third.

24 debaters gathered on the Tacoma campus from 9 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday, October 20th  to match wit and speaking skill.

Besides Northwest University teams representing Pacific Lutheran University, Willamette University, and Portland State attended the contest.

There are four two-person teams in each round. Two teams affirm the topic and two oppose.

The final round topic was that “the United States should pay reparations to Mexico for manifest destiny”.  Students had twenty minutes to prepare.


Hamar and Kruse in the first government position argued to give Mexico the state of Texas.

Horne and Bowsher were first opposition and were awarded second place by the panel of three judges. Portland State won first place.

Other motions included rejecting the International Monitory Fund, banning pornography and abolishing tenure for university professors.

In addition to wins and losses, debaters are rated for speaking ability. Best speakers are honored with awards.


Northwest swept speaker awards!


Best speaker out of 24: Calvin Horne, team captain, a Political Science and History major from Tigard, Oregon

Second best speaker: Abbie Kruse, a Political Science and History major from Gig Harbor, Washington.

Third best speaker: James Bowser, a Communication major from Issaquah, Washington.

Fourth best speaker: Kyle Hamar, a Communication major from Astoria, Oregon.

After the victory, the team celebrated by enjoying dinner at the home of Abbie Kruse in Gig Harbor.

The next tournament for the Eagles will be at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon on November 9 and 10.

Gary Gillespie
Associate Professor, Debate Coach
Northwest University

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