|Debate team hosts
The UAM debate and forensics team hosted their annual tournament Weevil
Wars at the University of Arkansas-Monticello Oct. 9-10.
Brian Rauls won the novice championship after defeating a competitor from OBU.
Brandi Morgan won the varsity championship following an intensely heated debate
with a competitor from Stephen F. Austin. Jacks made the quarterfinal found and
Chad Rogers made octofinalist.
“This tournament was stressful and exhausting, but the experience was well worth
it," Rauls said. "This was only my second tournament, so I was extremely happy
with my success and the success of the team. There were many excellent debaters
from other schools attending, and the competition will be useful to me since I
am still in the learning process, and it will also be useful to the team to help
us prepare for our next tournament.”
Eight colleges traveled to join UAM in competition including the University of
Arkansas at Fayetteville, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Ouachita Baptist
University and Prairie View A&M from Arkansas. Stephen F. Austin State
University from Texas and Louisiana State University at Shreveport and Louisiana
College from Louisiana also traveled to compete.
Six preliminary rounds took place throughout Saturday. On Sunday morning, a
special worship service led by Vice-Chancellor David Ray was held for
competitors unable to attend their regular services. An awards ceremony followed
the service in the MCB auditorium, recognizing top five speakers in the novice,
varsity and open division.
Other UAM competitors included Scott Allison Richardson, Jennifer Adcock,
Leonard Polk, Kristi Brannon and Amanda Haught in the novice division; Charlotte
Kieffner, Joel Brown, Bryce Wrzesinski and Matt Baumgarten in the varsity
division, and Chuck Rogers, Chad’s father, in the open division.
“I am very pleased with my team’s
performance," said Scott Kuttenkuler, director of forensics and the tournament
director. "This tournament was an excellent learning experience for many of my
new debaters and will certainly be used in preparation for upcoming
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