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Covenant Speech & Debate Society Enjoys Successful Autumn Season

Speech & Debate Society


The Covenant College Speech & Debate Society enjoyed a successful autumn season under the coaching of alumnus Stephen Mckerihan ’16. Students took home top awards from every tournament Covenant College competed in this semester.


In September, the Society kicked off the season with a successful showing at the annual Chicken and Egg Tournament held at the University of North Georgia. Students earned second, third, and fourth place in novice parliamentary debate. The team of Paige Hungar ’20 and Zach Zarate ’19 earned the second-place trophy. Covenant also took home first and second place in junior varsity debate, with first place going to the team of John Swygard ’19 and Caleb MacDonald ’19, and second place going to Tindol Pate ’19 and Wes Wright ’19. Covenant also had one team make it to the quarter-final round of varsity debate. In addition to their success as teams, Covenant students also took home first place novice speaker, first place junior varsity speaker, and first place varsity speaker. The College placed second overall at the entire tournament, competing against schools including Mercer University, Tulane University, and the University of North Georgia.


The Society competed at Berea College’s John G. Fee Memorial Speech and Debate Tournament in October, where they made it to the final round of novice debate.


Covenant concluded the semester with an impressive showing at a tournament held at Carson-Newman University. The Society took home first and second place varsity debate titles, competing against schools from around the country, including Belmont University, Berry College, Purdue University, and the University of Kentucky. The team of Gethsemane Bray ’20 and Paige Hungar ’20 won first place, while Lauren MacDougall ’19 and Mackenzie Harmon ’17 earned the second place trophy. Hungar also took home first place varsity debate speaker.


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 Stephen Mckerihan for more information.