U of I Student Debate Club Members Place at First Tournament of the Season
October 30, 2019
University of Idaho Student Debate Club members made a strong showing, earning a total of four awards for speech and debate events last weekend at their first tournament of the year. Seven student debate club members traveled to Spokane, Washington, to compete in the Jim McPherson Classic tournament at Whitworth University on Oct. 25-26. Ten teams traveled from as far away as Southern California to participate in the event.
Sophomore mechanical engineering student Daniel Welty, from Shelley, reached the semifinal round for Novice IPDA debate at his first-ever collegiate event, but fell to Lower Columbia College's Eli Tovar in the finals. Welty also broke to semifinals for extemporaneous speaking, earning fourth overall in the novice category.
Returning club member Mariah Wood, a sociology major in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences from Idaho Falls, moved up to the highly competitive open class for 2019 after her novice-class tournament win last year. Wood started strong, reaching the final round in the open impromptu speaking category, also earning fourth overall.
Rudy Christianson, an international studies major from Troy, earned 2nd place overall in the open category communication analysis event for his analysis of climate activist Greta Thunberg's speech at the U.N. Climate Action Summit.
The team next travels to Linfield, Oregon Nov. 7-11 to compete in the 89th Annual R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament.
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