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Debate Team Opens Season With Strong Showing
October 18, 2019

Walters State’s Debate Team opened the season with a strong showing, earning four awards at the first outing of the season, the 16th Annual Great Smoky Mountains Debate Tournament. 
The varsity pair of Kennedy French of Dandridge and James Hicks of Morristown advanced to the semifinals. The pair finished fourth before losing to eventual tournament champions, Pennsylvania’s Grove City College. Hicks was also named fourth best speaker in varsity. On the novice side, individual speaker awards went to Griffin Cavitt of Morristown (6) and Griffith Colin Wyvill of Sevierville (8).

“It’s impressive to see a freshman and sophomore pair advance in their first varsity tournament, particularly when you consider that most of their competition in that division is made up of upper level students from four-year colleges and universities,” said Walters State debate coach Robert E. Pratt, II, assistant professor of communication and debate at the college. 

“We’re also quite pleased to see three of our new debaters earn honors in their first-ever collegiate competition.”

Walters State plans to compete in tournaments at Cleveland State Community College, Middle Tennessee State University and Carson-Newman University this semester.

In the picture: Four Walters State Debate Team members received awards at the Great Smoky Mountains Debate Tournament, hosted at the college’s Morristown campus. From left are students Kennedy French, Griffin Cavitt, James Hicks and Robert E. Pratt, II, assistant professor of communication and debate. Griffith Colin Wyvill, not pictured, also received an award.