The Walters State Community College Debate Team closed out the semester with impressive wins at the WYRD Invitational Tournament held at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.
Joshua Hendricks of Jefferson City was honored with the Rebecca Radcliffe Top Teammate Award. The award recognized the debater who combines competitive success with support for team members and assistance to the coaching staff. Hendricks serves as president of the Debate Team.
The team of Hendricks and Graham Christophel of Morristown advanced to finals in a strong field, facing some elite four-year programs. After advancing through the preliminary rounds, the Walters State pair won its semifinal round against a talented University of Kentucky team. In the final round, Hendricks and Christophel lost to another U.K. team in a 2-1 decision.
Christophel, vice president of the Debate Team, was honored as the tournament's third-best speaker while Hendricks placed fifth.
"This was a very special and memorable weekend for Walters State Debate," said Robert E. Pratt, II, who coaches the debate team and teaches speech at Walters State.
"In debate, we have great respect and admiration for our opponents. Knowing that we can go to a place like Transylvania University and earn victories against them and teams like the University of Kentucky helps validate the hard work our students are doing," Pratt said.
This semester, 18 people debated for Walters State at least once in the team's five tournaments. The team will begin debate practice shortly after spring semester begins Jan. 17. The team has an open-door philosophy that encourages people of all experience levels to be a part of debate.
“Skills learned while on the debate team will be valuable in the future for our team members, regardless of career fields,” Pratt said.
For more information, contact the Humanities Division at 423-585-6922.
In the picture:The Walters State Community College Debate Team racked up impressive awards at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. The team of Joshua Hendricks, left, and Graham Christophel advanced to the final round against the University of Kentucky in the WYRD Invitational Debate.