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John R. Park Debate Society Dominates Western States Communication Association Invitational Tournament

The John R. Park Debate Society traveled to Denver, CO on February 20-24, 2020 to participate in Western States Communication Association (WSCA) Invitational hosted by Metropolitan State University of Denver. At the tournament, the team won two out of three formats of debate (including co-champions in one event), won four out of eleven speech events, and earned the top overall award for the 4th year in a row. The team will begin its series of international and national championship tournaments to close out its season on March 6 by traveling to Tokyo, Japan for the International Forensics Association Championships. 


Overall Awards

1st Place – Tournament Sweepstakes (4-year division)

Individual Event Awards

1st Place – After Dinner Speaking – Ben Jensen
1st Place – Communication Analysis – Grace Osusky
1st Place – Poetry Interpretation – Vivian Lee
1st Place – Prose Interpretation – Zac Ray
2nd Place – After Dinner Speaking – Zac Ray
2nd Place – Communication Analysis – Chris De Freitas
2nd Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Vivian Lee
3rd Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Grace Osusky
3rd Place – Impromptu Speaking – Chris De Freitas
4th Place – Communication Analysis – Billy Finlay
4th Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Ryan Knippel
4th Place – Informative Speaking – Tiffany Chan
4th Place – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Katie Workman
5th Place – Extemporaneous Speaking – Katie Workman
5th Place – Impromptu Speaking – Jared Lange
5th Place – Informative Speaking – Billy Finlay
6th Place – Informative Speaking – Ryan Knippel
6th Place – Persuasive Speaking – Billy Finlay

Debate Awards

1st Place – Lincoln-Douglas Debate – Thane Zeeh
1st Place (co-champions) – IPDA Debate – Katie Workman
1st Place (co-champions) – IPDA Debate – Tiffany Chan
2nd Place – NPDA Debate – Ben Jensen and Grace Osusky
Semifinalist – NPDA Debate – Jared Lange and Thane Zeeh
Semifinalist – NPDA Debate – Chris De Freitas and Vivian Lee


Last Updated: 2/24/20