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USU Debate Team Places Second at Northwest Forensic Conference Tournament

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

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The Utah State University Speech and Debate Team returned from its final conference tournament with a second place finish in the Northwest Forensic Conference.

Competing with just five students at Western Washington University Jan 25-27, USU had the smallest team at the tournament. However, it did not show in the results.

“It is always rewarding to beat teams that are double our size and with some of them having 30-40 students on their team,” said Coach Tom Worthen.

The Northwest Forensic Conference includes 28 colleges and universities in a six state area. The conference championship is awarded to the school with the highest point total from the results of the top two conference tournaments. USU has placed first in the conference for seven of the eight previous years.

At the Western Washington Speech and Debate Tournament USU students placed in individual categories. Taking 12 speeches into competition, eight competed in final rounds, and four of the five debaters also went to elimination rounds. Justin Jerez placed second at the tournament, losing to a student from Carroll College in Helena, Mont., in the final round in the open division of International Public Debate Association debate.

Chloee Butterfield, in her first tournament, placed fourth in debate, dropping a split decision to the College of Idaho, debating the topic of whether prostitution is a victimless crime.  She also took fourth in Informative Speaking and sixth in Impromptu Speaking. Bobby Fausett placed fifth in debate, losing on a split decision in the quarterfinals, placed fifth in Informative Speaking, fourth in Persuasive Speaking and third in After Dinner Speaking. Prairie Fox took fourth in debate, second in Informative Speaking and third in Persuasive speaking. Andrea Bouwman placed sixth in Jr. Impromptu.

The team travels to St Louis Missouri March 14-17 to compete in the Phi Kappa Delta National Tournament.

Related links:

USU Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

USU College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Tom Worthen, (435) 994-0023,

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