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Covenant Debaters Recognized at National Tournament

Covenant’s Speech & Debate Society competed in two tournaments this semester—the Murray State University Tournament and the National Christian College Forensics Invitational (NCCFI) at John Brown University—and brought home awards from both. 


“The success of the debate team is really a testament to how Covenant prepares thoughtful Christians wanting to engage culture,” says Sarah Swygard ’13, president of the society. 


At Murray State University, the team as a whole won first place in the parliamentary sweepstakes awards, and third place in individual events sweepstakes awards among small schools. Lena Glaze ’15 and Carolyn Walters ’16 were semi-finalists in parliamentary debate, and Nathan Sweetman ’16 took first place in novice extemporaneous speaking, novice impromptu speaking, and the novice debate speaker award. Harris Stevens ’15 and Scott Hoelsema ’15 placed second in varsity parliamentary debate. Paul Broussard ’16 and Jake Wasdin ’15 placed second in novice parliamentary debate. David Van Dyke ’14 placed sixth in varsity extemporaneous speaking, and Harris won second place in varsity debate speaking.


At the NCCFI, Harris placed fourth in open extemporaneous speaking, and Kevin Hughes ’15 took third in the novice speaker award.


“It has been a huge blessing to work with the Covenant debate team this year,” says Sarah, for whom this was the last semester as an undergraduate debater. “Through competing with both state and private universities, the Covenant team has shown their abilities across the board. They are a great group of students who care about what is going on in the world, learning how to communicate their opinions, and representing Covenant well.”