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Speech & Debate Society Earns Second Place at AEI Tournament



The Covenant College Speech & Debate Society successfully competed at an invitational parliamentary debate tournament hosted by Colorado Christian University and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on February 3-4, 2017. Covenant was awarded second-place school at the tournament, where they competed against schools including Azusa Pacific University, Grove City College, Pepperdine University, and the University of Denver.


Covenant's Speech and Debate Society brought ten students to the tournament, making up five parliamentary debate teams. The tournament was held in the style of national parliamentary debate, providing students with the opportunity to thoughtfully engage with national and international issues.


“The activity itself is valuable for a number of reasons,” said Katie Mullaney, assistant debate coach. “Students are developing critical thinking skills, paying attention to what is happening in the world, and learning to see both sides of an issue. Tournaments add competition to the mix, which gives students another layer of motivation and provides an extra element of fun to what we’re doing. Students have the chance to meet fellow students from other colleges and learn from them.”


Three of Covenant’s five teams advanced beyond preliminary debate rounds. Sara Kemeny ’19 and Bethany Sikkink ’19 advanced to semifinals in novice debate, Makenzie Harmon ’17 and John Christian Kuehnert ’17 won all of their preliminary rounds and advanced to quarterfinals in open debate, and Wes Wright ’18 and Tindol Pate ’19 advanced to quarterfinals in open debate. A number of students also earned speaker awards at the tournament. The Covenant College Speech and Debate Society earned second-place overall at the conclusion of the tournament.


The Covenant College Speech & Debate Society is open to students from all majors and provides an opportunity for Covenant students to develop their critical thinking, persuasion, and speaking abilities. Students interested in the Speech & Debate Society may contact Head Coach Stephen Mckerihan for more information.