SC Debate and Forensics team travel nationwide

By: Keyshawn McMahon

Sterling College Forensics Jumpstart Season in Wyoming

The Sterling College Debate and Forensics team traveled to Eastern Wyoming Community College for the Wyoming College Forensics Tournament. The competition ran from September 29th to October 1st.

On the first day of the competition, Sterling fared pretty well. Matt Scharff, freshman, finished third in dramatic interpretation, Wesley Lowrey, junior, was second in persuasive speaking, Stephen Jenkins, senior, took third in persuasive speaking and Dara Quastad, senior, finished fourth in persuasive speaking.

During day two, Scharff took third in dramatic interpretation, while Lowrey took third in extemporaneous speaking and second in persuasive speaking. Lowrey’s speech addressed the problems of mistaken genetic tests and the implications they have on patients.

Quastad finished third in the persuasive speech. She addressed on the touchy subject of faith healing- where her parents have avoided basic medical treatment for their children because of their faith in God. They rather appeal to God’s healing powers than medical advancements.

Jenkins finished fifth in persuasive speaking. His speech addressed the perception of pain and how it varies among races with opioid addiction.

Regardless of pretty solid outings across the board for the debate team, Coach Ken Troyer still feels there is room for improvement for his team. “We have a fairly large group of underclassmen that really need to step up and get themselves prepared for competition,” Coach Troyer stated. The forensics team’s next tournament will be at Central Missouri University on October 20th-22nd.

Sterling College Debate Takes On New Season at WKU Round Robin

Sterling College seniors Gage Brookman and Bryce Harner were two out of twelve of the nation’s top competitors selected to compete in the Western Kentucky University Round Robin debate event. The event started on Friday, September 22nd and ran through Sunday, the 23rd.

This top tier debate tournament included students from Central Michigan University, Western Kentucky, and Wiley College. This was the first time in school history that any SC students were selected to compete at this event.

Even though it was the first competition of the season, Brookman enjoyed the experience and took a lot from the event. “The first tournament of the year is always the tournament where you finally get to see what everyone has been working on and the direction of the topic”, Brookman said. He also enjoyed the competition for most of the event. “The competition was great. The Round Robin consisted of twelve of the top debaters in the nation, which is based in part on how many elimination rounds you had competed in throughout the national tournaments of previous years.” Gage placed second in his pod during the first half and round robin part of the tournament, and he also finished 3-3 in the second part of the tournament just barely missing out on the

He also enjoyed the competition during the event. “The competition was great. The Round Robin consisted of twelve of the top debaters in the nation, which is based, in part, on how many elimination rounds you had competed in throughout the national tournaments of previous years.” Gage placed second in his pod during the first half and round robin part of the tournament, and he also finished 3-3 in the second part of the tournament just barely missing out on the

Brookman placed second in his pod during the first half and round robin part of the tournament, and he also finished 3-3 in the second part of the tournament just barely missing out on the octo finals. Although it is early in the season, this competition gave the debate team a nice season look. Brookman feels that preparation will be vital to their success moving forward this season. Next tournament for debate is the Missouri Mule that takes place at the University of Central Missouri in late October.