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PURCELLVILLE, VA – PHC's debate teams enjoyed a clean sweep at a recent tournament at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, winning first place in the Lincoln-Douglas, novice and open divisions.
PHC took three novice teams and four open teams to the tournament, while Katy Jones and Katie Teubl competed in the individual Lincoln-Douglas division, winning first and third place, respectively.
In the novice division, partners Danielle Small and Daniel Burns were quarterfinalists, while senior Cami Helm finished her first and last debate season with a first place finish, alongside her partner, sophomore Amber Smith. Smith is also enjoying her first season in debate; her win coincided with her second tournament competition and Helm's third. In the novice speaker rankings, Danielle Small won seventh and partner Daniel Burns received ninth place.
The open division was once again dominated by PHC combo, Matthew du Mee and Christy Ross. The team left the tournament with a first place finish, moving their tournament win count to four for the season. Up-and-coming freshmen Peter Kamakawiwoole and Nick Timpe followed du Mee and Ross with a second place finish, and Melanie Inglis and Andrew Tyrell were quarterfinalists. Matthew du Mee again garnered first place in speaker points, with Peter Kamakawiwoole close behind in second place, Christy Ross in fourth and Nick Timpe in eighth.
The schools present at the tournament were Bob Jones University, Ball State University, Hillsdale College, Owensboro Community Technical College, and Duquesne University.
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.