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John R. Park Debate Society Takes Top Honors at Fall Championships

The John R. Park Debate Society traveled to Thousand Oaks, California for the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Associaton Fall Championships to conclude its Fall 2019 competitive season. Among the team’s many accomplishments, students from Utah, in competition against more than 30 colleges and universities, won three events, placed in finals in 14 events, and won the overall sweepstakes award for University participants. With these results, Utah competitors have qualified more than 20 events to national and international championships next semester, hosted the British National Debate Team, and hosted the largest (and season-opening) high school tournament in Utah during the Fall semester. The team will look to build on a strong fall season when spring competition begins with the Great Salt Lake Invitaitonal held at the University of Utah in January.


Overall Awards

1st Place - University Sweepstakes

Individual Event Awards

1st Place – After-Dinner Speaking – Ben Jensen
1st Place – Informative Speaking – Ryan Knippel
1st Place – Persuasive Speaking – Wendy Joseph
2nd Place – Communication Analysis – Grace Osusky
2nd Place – Informative Speaking – Tiffany Chan
3rd Place – Communication Analysis – Billy Finlay
3rd Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Grace Osusky
3rd Place – Informative Speaking – Billy Finlay
4th Place – Impromptu Speaking – Ashton Poindexter
5th Place – After-Dinner Speaking – Zac Ray
5th Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Vivian Lee
6th Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Katie Workman

Debate Awards

British Parliamentary Debate
2nd place - British Parliamentary Debate - Jared Lange & Katie Workman
3rd place - British Parliamentary Debate - Grace Osusky & Ben Jensen

IPDA Debate
Gold Medal – IPDA Debate - Ryan Knippel

Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Silver Medal – Lincoln-Douglas Debate - Ashton Poindexter


Last Updated: 12/10/19