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PURCELLVILLE, VA — PHC's debate teams came within one judge's ballot of sweeping a recent intercollegiate tournament held at Owensboro Community Technical College in Owensboro, Kentucky, when freshmen Kirsten Winston and David Carver lost their final round to a 2-1 judges' decision.
Despite the loss in the novice division, PHC won first in the two remaining divisions, besting 15 teams from 5 colleges and universities to claim the first place sweepstakes award given to the school with the most overall wins.
PHC took four novice teams and four open teams to the tournament, while freshmen Isaiah McPeak and Kawika Vellalos competed in the individual Lincoln Douglas division, winning 1st and 2nd place, respectively.
In the open division, Seniors Matthew du Mee and Christy Ross cemented the first three tournament sweep in PHC history, with a 3-0 final decision in their favor. In the novice division, Kirsten Winston and David Carver won 2nd place, Dominique Deming and Katie Lindsay won 3rd, and Cami Helm and Julia Massengil came in 5th. Kirsten Winston took the 1st place speaker award in the novice division. Dominique Deming followed with an 8th place win, and David Carver rounded out the group with the 10th place award. Du Mee and Ross complemented their first place open division win with speaker awards, winning 2nd and 8th place, respectively. Katy Jones received the 9th place award.
The schools present at the tournament were Bob Jones University, Ball State University, Southeast Missouri State University and host school, Owensboro Community Technical College.
The debate program is one of Patrick Henry College's longest standing and best-known extracurricular activities. Successful debaters must have a broad knowledge of law and current events, effective research skills, the ability to form convincing arguments, and a powerful public speaking style. These skills and the character built through pursuing excellence in debate are useful, not only to those aspiring to politics or law, but to anyone who ever needs to speak in public or form a convincing argument.