Speech and Debate Begins 2020-2021 Competitive Season

Published: October 1, 2020

College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Speech and Debate team completed their first tournament of the 2020-2021 season, the Fran Tanner Invitational hosted virtually by College of Southern Idaho. Despite the absence of Novice or Junior divisions and many competing for the very first time against individuals with years of experience, CWI’s team took home several awards taking third place overall.

“It was odd,” said CWI's Director of Forensics, Luke Yeates. “It was the first time in the long history of forensics competition that the entire process had to be done remotely. It was difficult, but fortunately the team adapted with grace and patience, and the results speak for themselves.”


Individual Events

Extemporaneous Speaking
Bronze – Albina Khouzina, Will Young

Editorial Commentary
Silver – Will Young

Impromptu Speaking
Bronze – Tristin Andrae

Informative Speaking
Bronze – Flora Koenig

Persuasive Speaking
Silver – Xandra Miller
Bronze – Sophie Burgess

Silver – Dayanna Mora Jauregui

Dramatic Interpretation
Gold – Dayanna Mora Jauregui

Debate Events:

IPDA Debate
Silver – Max Izoita
Bronze – Mariah Roy

Debate Speaker Points
4th Place – Flora Koenig
5th place – Max Izoita

Team Awards

3rd Place Overall

“Teams earn points collectively,” explained Yeates. “Normally, teams are divided into divisions allowing smaller schools to be recognized alongside larger institutions. This tournament did not break down their sweepstakes points in such a manner, and yet, CWI still took third overall. This is a monumental feat and speaks to the talent and work ethic this team has. I look forward to what they will accomplish this year.”

The team is now preparing for the Steve Hunt Classic, Oct. 9-11, hosted by Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Following suit of the first, speech and debate events for this tournament will take place virtually.

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