Broncho Debate Dominates Kansas City Tournament
The University of Central Oklahoma Debate team travelled to Kansas City, Missouri for the University of Kansas City “Baby Jo” Memorial Debate Tournament September 16-19, 2016. Out of the 53 teams from around the country entered, the team of Jasmine Stidham (Political Science) and Derek Hilligoss (Political Science) finished third after losing on a 2-1 decision to the University of Kansas in the semifinals of the tournament. Jasmine was the 5th speaker out of 106, and Derek the 20th. Kansas, would go on to win the tournament, the only ballot they lost was to UCO.
The team of Kris Colen (Political Science) and Grant Colquitt also had a successful weekend, earning an appearance in the elimination rounds. They lost on a 2-1 decision to Wichita State University in the first elimination round.
"This weekend’s success was a great start to the year for Broncho Debate," said Matthew Moore, the Director of Debate at UCO. "The team worked really hard for this success and pulled together behind Derek and Jazzy to help ensure their success." UCO defeated teams from the University of Texas, Wichita State, Binghamton University, Arizona State University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Kansas, the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Iowan, Emporia State University, and Kansas City Kansas Community College.
The UCO Debate team travels to approximately 15 tournaments throughout the school year including: Kentucky, Wake Forest, UMKC, University of North Texas, Texas, Texas-Dallas, and a number of other locations. Broncho Debate also hosts a college debate tournament, a high school workshop, a high school debate tournament, and a series of public debates throughout the year.
All UCO students may join the debate team regardless of past experience. Experienced high school debaters are encouraged to join before classes begin their first year on campus, and will work with the team throughout the summer in preparation for the upcoming season. Students with little or no previous debate experience can join the program at any time. Arrangements are made to provide training for all new debaters in order to speed their entry into intercollegiate competition.