by Bridget Hanna | Contributing Writer
The Saint Mary’s Macken Speech and Debate Team have continued their success this semester with yet another win at their most recent tournament in Stockton. Their hard work and dedication has been awarded with a first place win in the Small School Overall Sweepstakes Prize at the Paul Winters Invitational.
This tournament was hosted by the University of the Pacific, where Saint Mary’s competed against 42 other colleges, with a number of wins. Freshmen Jon Gumz and Jennifer Stanley placed second in the junior-level debate, while Miranda Rowley and Carmen Terlaje were quarterfinalists in the same category.
Stanley, Rowley, and Gumz placed second, third, and fourth, respectively, as junior debate speakers, out of a total of 48 possible awards. Terlaje completed her set of wins with a first place win in the novice-level Extemporaneous Speaking and a third place in the novice-level Informative Speaking.
Rowley finished up as a finalist in senior-level Persuasive Speaking, while Jon Gumz achieved a second place in the novice category of Persuasive Speaking. Finally, Samantha Edmondo brought home a second place in novice-level Extemporaneous Speaking and was a finalist in novice-level Persuasive Speaking. All of these students are of the class of 2016, and their wins reflect an impressive reflection of the skills and ability that accompany the members of this team.
Noah O’Connor, a Junior and a History and Theology double-major, said that the freshmen’s wins show “much progression” and are “indicative of their skills in the coming years.”
O’Connor has been a member of the debate team for the last three years, and his ability to speak well was reflected while interviewing him. He believes that being a part of debate has helped him become more articulate in his speech, learn about research techniques, and conduct a persuasive argument. O’Connor states, “Public speaking is one of the hardest things to do,” and he went on to discuss his future as a lawyer, where such skills will undoubtedly be of help to him.
Although Saint Mary’s athletic rival may be Gonzaga, O’Connor states that for debate, their toughest rival is the University of Portland. A lot of the debate teams they compete against are community colleges, but the team has travelled out of state to places such as the University of Portland, Lewis and Clark University, and Salt Lake City for tournaments.
The debate team is always looking for new members to join their number at the beginning of each year, and anyone interested should contact Dr. Cathy Glenn, the Director of Forensics, Macken Debate and Speech Team at email@example.com .