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Released November 2nd, 2014

SMC Debate Goes Undefeated in Preliminary Rounds

 

The SMC Debate and Speech team competed at the Paul Winters Invitational tournament hosted by the University of the Pacific this weekend.  At the completion of 6 preliminary rounds Juniors Carmen Terlaje and Miranda Rowley went undefeated and were the second seeded team, out of 61 teams from 36 schools, making this the largest tournament of the semester in the country.  This allowed the team to advance through the first elimination round without competing with a bye, an honor that only the top two teams received. 

 

This was the first time SMC had accomplished this distinction in the open division.   In the round of 16 Terlaje and Rowley lost 2-1 to William Jewel College who took 2nd place. 

 

Other awards:

·         Miranda Rowley, 16th place senior parli debate speaker (Out of 122 speakers)

·         Carmen Terlaje, 18th place senior parli debate speaker


Released October 18, 2014

SMC Debate Receives Invitation to Pat Kennedy Round Robin

In recognition of the success for the SMC Macken Debate and Speech team, the Senior-level debate team composed of Miranda Rowley ('16) and Carmen Terlaje ('16) have been awarded a bid to the 10th annual Pat kennedy Round Robin hosted by the University of the Pacific.  This marks the first time that Saint Mary's has fielded a team at the Pat Kennedy Round Robin.  The topics for this tournament will center on a discussion of :the value and aspects of Intercollegiate Competitive Debate!"

The Round Robin format acknowledges Rowley and Terlaje's competitive success as one of the 12 teams to participate on October 31st from hundreds of potential entrants.  Teams compete against each other in two preliminary groups of six with the top two teams from each group advancing to the seminfinals. 


Released October 11, 2014

First Place for SMC Debate

At the 46th Annual Santa Rosa Invitational tournament on Friday and Saturday, SMC won both aspired for tournament awards, the First Place in the overall University Sweepstakes award and the First Place Debate Sweepstakes award for the college. Saint Mary's fielded 6 students who contributed to that award:

  • Carmen Teraje & Miranda Rowley, Semifinalist senior Parliamentary debate team
  • Samantha Edmondo & Jon Gumz, Quarterfinalist senior Parliamentary debate team
  • Travis Root & Andrei Simpson, Quarterfinalist senior Parliamentary debate team
  • Andrei Simpson, Third Place senior Parliamentary debate speaker
  • Miranda Rowley, Semifinalist senior Lincoln-Douglas debate
  • Jon Gumz, Semifinalist senior Lincoln-Douglas debate
  • Miranda Rowley, Top speaker senior Lincoln-Douglas debate
  • Jon, Gumz, Fourth speaker senior Lincoln-Douglas debate

Individual Events contributor to overall University Sweepstakes:

  • Travis Root, First Place Extemporaneous speech

Released September 30, 2014

SMC Parliamentary Debate Advances to Final Round

SMC's debate and speech team built upon the success of last year's semi-finalist showing to advance to the final round of senior-level parliamentary debate at the Golden Gate Season Opener hosted by San Francisco State University last weekend. 

Miranda Rowley and Carmen Terlaje earned 2nd place out of 35 teams, with Terlaje earning 7th place speaker out of 70. Rowley also earned the 1st place senior-level speaking award in Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate, while taking home the semi-final award. (This was the first time that Saint Mary's competed in LD, which is one-on-one rather than teams of two, like parliamentary).

 

Other awards:

 

  • Samantha Edmondo & Jon Gumz, octafinalists in senior-level parli debate
  • Travis Root, 2nd place in novice extemporaneous speaking.  
  • Miranda Rowley, 15th place senior parli debate speaker 
  • Andrei Simpson, 16th place senior parli debate speaker 

Released June 30, 2014

New Director of Forensics for the Macken Team

Dr. Glenn, Director of Forensics from 2006 to 2014, passed the torch to Prof. Matthew Swanson, and he begins as the new Director of Forensics on July 1st. As a competitor, coach, critic, and workshop facilitator, Prof. Swanson has been actively involved in forensics for 15 years. He brings with him expertise in American Parliamentary and Lincoln-Douglass debate, and platform and limited preparation speaking events. He will also advise the newly chartered SMC Student Debate Union.


Released June 16, 2014

Macken Forensics Scholarship Reciepients

Five students have been selected to receive Macken Collegiate Forensics and SMC Honors scholarship awards and four to attend the Bellingham Debate Workshop at Western Washington University August 9-16.

Award recipients are:

  • Samantha Edmondo ('16) History (BDC)
  • Travis Root ('18) Undecided (BDC)
  • Miranda Rowley ('16) Politics & Women's Studies (BDC)
  • Andrei Simpson ('17) Politics (Kurt Simon Award)
  • Carmen Terlaje ('16) Politics, International Area Studies (BDC)

Released March 25, 2014

SMC Debate Breaks First Team at NPDA

At the National Parliamentary Debate Association championships at NAU, senior Noah O'Connor and sophomore Samantha Edmondo advanced to elimination rounds, the first time an SMC team has advanced at the largest tournament of the year. Advancing on a 5-3 record, O'Connor & Edmondo took home triple octafinalists awards. (Sophomores Miranda Rowley & Carmen Terlaje finished with a 4-4 record)

With primarily open-level points, SMC finished the season at 39 out of 190 colleges and universities nationwide, according to the National Parliamentary Debate Association.


Released March 14, 2014

SMC Debate Advances to Final National Championship Round

At the National Christian College Forensics championship tournament at Cal Baptist U last weekend, SMC sophomores Miranda Rowley and Carmen Terlaje advanced to the final round in the senior-level division for the national championship against powerhouse PLNU. This is a first for SMC's program, which has had national champions in novice and junior at this prestigious tournament, but never in the top division. Ultimately, Rowley & Terlaje took home the second place award.

Other awards:

Saint Mary's College, 2nd place in Debate Sweepstakes

  • Noah O'Connor & Samantha Edmondo, quarterfinalists senior-level debate
  • Miranda Rowley, 5th in Communication Analysis 
  • Miranda Rowley, 9th senior-level debate speaker

Released February 16, 2014

Terlaje Takes 1st @ WSFA

SMC's Debate & Speech team demonstrated their versatility by winning in every individual events category in which they competed at the Western States Forensics Association championship tournament hosted by CSU Long Beach this weekend. Scoring a first place win in the senior-level division, Carmen Terlaje's After Dinner speech critiques--within an ironic framework--the paucity and hyper-sexualization of female superheroes in film, television, and graphic novels.

Other individual events and speaker awards:

  • Miranda Rowley, 2nd place senior-level Communication Analysis
  • Miranda Rowley, 3rd place senior-level Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Samantha Edmondo, finalist senior-level Persuasive Speech
  • Miranda Rowley, 5th place senior-level debate speaker
  • Emily Lawson-Gill, 5th place junior-level debate speaker

Released February 10, 2014

Rowley Scores 1st @ NCFA

At the Northern California Forensics Association spring championship tournament in Stockton this weekend, sophomore Miranda Rowley scored a first place trophy in senior-level Communication Analysis, the most challenging of the platform speaking events. Using a poststructuralist framework, Rowley's speech analyzes factory farm industry discourse, demonstrating how the considerable discursive power of the industry supports cruel and environmentally devastating practices.

Saint Mary's College also earned a 3rd place overall School Sweepstakes award.

Contributing to that award:

  • Noah O'Connor & Samantha Edmondo, quarterfinalists senior-level debate
  • Miranda Rowley & Carmen Terlaje, quarterfinalists senior-level debate
  • Miranda Rowley, 6th place senior-level debate speaker (out of 52)
  • Carmen Terlaje, 9th place senior-level debate speaker (out of 52)
  • Miranda Rowley, finalist senior-level extemporaneous speaking
  • Andrei Simpson, 3rd place novice Persuasive speech
  • Emily Lawson-Gill, finalist novice extemporaneous speaking

Released November 25, 2013

SMC Debate 24th in the Nation (Corrected 12/4/13)

At mid-season, the National Parliamentary Debate Association has ranked Saint Mary’s College debate 24th in the nation out of 146 debate programs. This puts SMC up a place from the midseason ranking last year.


Released November 4, 2013

SMC Debate Team Earns First-Round Bid to NPTE (Corrected 12/4/13)

Senior-level debate team, Noah O'Connor ('14) and Samantha Edmondo ('16), have qualified for a first-round bid to compete at the prestigious National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (NPTE) in March. This is a first in SMC debate history.

The NPTE is a qualification-only tournament and the most elite of the year. O'Connor & Edmondo have earned enough points during the first half of the competitive season to secure their place among the top 64 teams in the nation who will compete in the spring semester for the national title. They are currently ranked 29th out of 510 senior-level teams.

Results from the last two tournaments of the fall semester:

Paul Winters Invitational, UoP (Nov 2-3)

  • Noah O'Connor & Samantha Edmondo, double-octafinalists in senior-level debate (out of 64)
  • Miranda Rowley, finalist in senior-level Extemporaneous speaking (out of 35)
  • Carmen Terlaje, semifinalist in senior-level Extemporaneous speaking
  • Emily Lawson-Gill, 3rd place novice Persuasive Speaking
  • Andrei Simpson, finalist novice Persuasive Speaking

Kevin Twohy Invitational, DVC (Oct 18-19)

  • Noah O'Connor & Samantha Edmondo, quarterfinalists in senior-level debate (out of 34)
  • Miranda Rowley & Carmen Terlaje, octofinalists in senior-level debate
  • Emily Lawson-Gill & Andrei Simpson, quarterfinalists novice debate (out of 28)
  • Emily Lawson-Gill, 5th place novice debate speaker (out of 56

Released October 12, 2013

First Place for SMC Debate

At the 45th Annual Santa Rosa Invitational tournament on Friday and Saturday, SMC scored five first place awards, including the First Place Debate Sweepstakes award for the college. Contributing to that award:

  • Samantha Edmondo & Noah O’Connor, First Place senior debate team
  • Emily Lawson-Gill & Andrei Simpson, Third Place novice debate team
  • Noah O’Connor, First Place senior debate speaker
  • Andrei Simpson, First Place novice debate speaker

The college also earned Fourth Place in the overall School Sweepstakes category. Individual events contributors were:

  • Miranda Rowley, Second Place Senior Communication Analysis speech
  • Carmen Terlaje, Finalist Senior After Dinner speech
  • Samantha Edmondo, First Place Novice Persuasive speech (Third Place Senior in the collapsed senior/novie division)

Released September 29, 2013

SMC Debate 3rd @ First Tournament

SMC's debate and speech team started the year strong at the Golden Gate Season Opener hosted by SFSU. All three debate teams advanced to elimination rounds and everyone took home hardware. Beating two Cal teams in elimination rounds, Miranda Rowley & Carmen Terlaje advanced to semi-finals, and earned 3rd place out of 44 teams in the senior division. This is the first time the sophomores have competed in the top division.

Other awards:

  • Noah O'Connor & Samantha Edmondo, octafinalists in senior debate
  • Emily Lawson-Gill & Andrei Simposon, quarterfinalists in novice debate (out of 23)
  • Emily Lawson-Gill, 5th place novice debate speaker (out of 46)
  • Andrei Simposon, 10th place novice debate speaker
  • Noah O'Connor, 16th senior debate speaker (out of 88)
  • Miranda Rowley, finalist in senior Communication Analysis speaking
  • Andrei Simpson, finalist in novice Persuasive speaking
  • Emily Lawson-Gill, finalist in novice Persuasive speaking
  • Miranda Rowley, finalist in senior Extemporaneous speaking
  • Emily Lawson-Gill, finalist in novice Extemporaneous speaking

Released June 29, 2013

Macken Forensics Scholarship Reciepients

Six students have been selected to receive Macken Collegiate Forensics Program and SMC Honors scholarship awards and to attend the Bellingham Debate Workshop at Western Washington University August 18-24.

Award recipients are:

  • Noah O'Connor ('14) History
  • Samantha Edmondo ('16) History
  • Miranda Rowley ('16) Politics
  • Carmen Terlaje ('16) Politics, International Area Studies
  • Emily Lawson-Gill ('17) Politics
  • Andrei Simpson ('17) Politics (Kurt Simon Award)

Released March 29, 2013

SMC Debate Jumps 20 Places in Nat'l Ranking

SMC debate continues its journey upward in the National Parliamentary Debate Association's national program ranking by ending the season at 34th in the nation (2012-2013). This is the largest jump in the young program's history, moving up 20 spots (from 54 to 34). The upward momentum continues a trend that began in 2006 when the program was ranked at 143rd (2005-2006 season). Since then, SMC debate has moved to 116th (2006-2007), to 87 (2007-2008), to mid-70s (2008-2010), and mid-50s (2010-2012).


Released March 4, 2013

1st Place for SMC Debate

At the NorthWest JV Parliamentary Debate Champs tournament hosted by the University of Washington, SMC's JV debate teams made up half of the semi-final field, which consisted of teams from Whitman, the top forensics program in the nation. Advancing to the final round, Miranda Rowley & Jon Gumz defeated the University of Puget Sound to take 1st place, affirming the resolution, "The USFG shoudl implement a policy to increase water infrastructure in the U.S." Carmen Terlaje & Samantha Edmondo earned a semi-finalist award.

SMC's debaters also made up the top 3 debate speakers (only separated by fractions of a point):

  • Carmen Terlaje, 1st place JV debate speaker
  • Miranda Rowley, 2nd place JV debate speaker
  • Jon Gumz, 3rd place JV debate speaker

Released February 17, 2013

SMC Debate Takes 1st Place @ WSCA Champs

At the Western States Communication Association Champs at UNR on Fri/Sat/Sun, SMC's Jon Gumz & Carmen Terlaje advanced to the final round against Northwest College in junior debate. Affirming the resolution, "The U.S. Federal Government should revoke the power of Executive Order in the case of drone strikes," Gumz & Terlaje won the final round on a 3-0 decision. Jon Gumz also earned the 1st place award for debate speaker in the junior division, and 7th place went to Carmen Terlaje.

In individual events, SMC competitors made up 4 of the 6 finalists in junior Extemporaneous speaking, and the final places were:

  • Carmen Terlaje, 2nd place
  • Miranda Rowley, 3rd place
  • Jon Gumz, finalist
  • Samantha Edmondo finalist

In platform speaking:

  • Carmen Terlaje, 3rd place combined junior-senior Informative speaking
  • Miranda Rowley, finalist combined junior-senior Persuasive speaking

Released February 5, 2013
2nd Place Debate @ Point Loma

SMC's debate and speech team returned Monday after competing at the Sunset Cliffs Classic tournament at Point Loma Nazarene University over the weekend. Other than the national debate championship tournament in March, this is the most competitive national tournament SMC will attend during the second half of the season. Earning awards for SMC this weekend:

  • Miranda Rowley & Jon Gumz, 2nd place junior debate (out of 46)
  • Jon Gumz, 5th place junior debate speaker (out of 92)
  • Miranda Rowley, 7th place junior debate speaker (out of 92)
  • Noah O'Connor & Samantha Edmondo, double-octofinalists open debate (out of 66)
  • Jon Gumz, 3rd place novice Persuasive
  • Samantha Edmondo, finalist novice Persuasive
  • Carmen Terlaje, finalist open Informative

Released January 7, 2013
SMC Debate in Top 25 Nationally

At mid-season, the National Parliamentary Debate Association has ranked Saint Mary’s debate team 25th in the nation out of 159 debate programs. It is the highest ranking in the team’s history and puts SMC in the top-25 company of powerhouse forensics programs like Whitman College, McKendree University and Washburn University.


Released November 4, 2012
SMC Cleans Up at UoP

Saint Mary's College cleaned up at the national-level Paul Winters Invitational tournament hosted by the University of the Pacific this weekend. Competing against 42 other colleges and universities from 10 states, SMC's debate and speech team members represented the college by earning hardware in every event in which they competed:

  • Jon Gumz & Jen Stanley, 2nd place junior-level debate (out of 24)
  • Miranda Rowley & Carmen Terlaje, quarterfinalists in junior-level debate (out of 24)
  • Jen Stanley, 2nd place junior debate speaker (out of 48)
  • Miranda Rowley, 3rd place junior debate speaker (out of 48)
  • Jon Gumz, 4th place junior debate speaker (out of 48)
  • Carmen Terlaje, 1st place novice-level Extemporaneous Speaking (out of 26)
  • Samantha Edmondo, 2nd place novice-level Extemporaneous Speaking (out of 26)
  • Miranda Rowley, finalist in senior-level Persuasive Speaking (out of 21)
  • Jon Gumz, 2nd place novice Persuasive Speaking (out of 10)
  • Carmen Terlaje, 3rd place novice-level Informative Speaking (out of 15)
  • Samantha Edmondo, finalist in novice-level Persuasive Speaking (out of 10)

Released October 21, 2012
1st Place Debate for SMC

At the debate-only Kevin Twohy Invitational hosted at DVC this weekend, SMC's novice debate team, Jon Gumz ('16) & Jen Stanley ('16), earned 1st place with an undefeated record through six preliminary and four elimination rounds. Competing against 31 other colleges and universities, Gumz & Stanley beat out a field of 30 other teams to take the 1st place prize.

Advancing into the final round last night against the other undefeated team in their division, SMC's Gumz & Stanley bested MJC on a 3-0 decision, affirming the resolution "The US Federal Government, through the Environmental Protection Agency, should impose significant limitations on fracking in the US." This is Gumz & Stanley's 3rd tournament as frosh and their 3rd time advancing to elimination rounds--they now move up to the junior division. Other awards:

  • Noah O'Connor & Samantha Edmondo, octofinalists in senior-level debate
  • Jon Gumz, 9th place novice-level debate speaker (out of 62)

Released October 14, 2012
1st Place in Oregon

At the toughest tournament of the fall schedule at Lewis & Clark College this weekend, SMC's Miranda Rowley ('16) repeated her 1st place win in Persuasive Speaking, beating out 27 other competitors in her division. Rowley has placed in this event in her first three college tournaments (3rd, 1st, 1st) and moves up to the junior division halfway through her first semester as a freshman. (Rowley's platform speech advocates for federal policy changes that will increase protections for chickens raised for egg production.)

Other awards this weekend:

  • Jon Gumz & Jennifer Stanley, quarterfinalists in novice-level debate
  • Carmen Terlaje, 3rd place novice-level Extemporaneous Speaking (out of 38)

Released September 30, 2012
SMC Debate & Speech Take Home Hardware

At the Golden Gate Season Opener tournament  F/S/S, all of the Macken team members (5 frosh, 1 junior) earned debate and speech hardware for Saint Mary's College:

  • Noah O'Connor & Samantha Edmondo, Octofinalists in senior-level debate (out of 37)
  • Jon Gumz & Jennifer Stanley, Quarterfinalists in novice-level debate (out of 33)
  • Noah O'Connor, 19th place senior debate speaker (out of 74)
  • Jon Gumz, 11th place novice debate speaker (out of 66)
  • Miranda Rowley, 1st place Persuasive Speech (novice)
  • Miranda Rowley, Finalist, Extemporaneous Speaking (novice)
  • Carmen Terlaje, Finalist, Extemporaneous Speaking (novice)

Released September 24, 2012
Strong Start for SMC Debate & Speech

SMC's debate and speech team started the season out strong at the NW Parli Debate & Individual Events Warm-up tournament in Bellevue, WA on Sat/Sun. SMC made up half the field in semi-finals in debate against the top program in the nation (Whitman, NPDA). All four competitors who traveled to this tournament earned awards for SMC:

  • Noah O'Connor & Samantha Edmondo: 2nd place team, debate
  • Miranda Rowley & Carmen Terlaje: 4th place team, debate
  • Miranda Rowley: 7th place speaker, debate
  • Miranda Rowley: 3rd place, Persuasive Speaking
  • Samantha Edmondo: 6th Persuasive Speaking

Released July 30, 2012
Macken Forensics Scholarship Reciepients

Six students have been selected to receive Macken Collegiate Forensics Program and SMC Honors scholarship awards and to attend the Bellingham Debate Workshop at Western Washington University August 9-18.

Award recipients are:

  • Noah O'Connor ('14) History
  • Samantha Edmondo ('16) History (Kurt W. Simon honor)
  • Miranda Rowley ('16) Politics
  • Carmen Terlaje ('16) International Area Studies (Kurt W. Simon award, partial)
  • Jon Gumz ('16) Integral (Kurt W. Simon award, partial)
  • Jennifer Stanley ('16) Politics


Released March 5, 2012
Team Advances to Finals

At the debate-only tournament at the University of Washington in Bothel last weekend, David Fujii and Alina Nguyen advanced to the final round against a team from the top program in the nation (Whitman). Affirming the resolution, "The U.S. federal government should substantially reduce its support for the Air Force," Fujii & Nguyen earned the second place award in their division.

Also, earning debate speaking recognition:

  • David Fujii, 4th place first-year speaker
  • Noah O'Connor, 8h place second-year speaker

Released February 13, 2012
SMC Places 2nd at NCFA

After a tough 3-day competition last F/S/S, Saint Mary's College placed 2nd in the small school sweepstakes category at the Northern California Forensics Association spring championship tournament. Earning points toward that school award:

  • Anya Reames & Erika Reames, semi-finalists in junior debate
  • David Fujii, 5th place junior debate speaker
  • Erika Reames, 7th place junior debate speaker
  • Erika Reames, 1st place novice Persuasive Speech
  • Maggie Powers, 3rd place novice Persuasive Speech

Released November 14, 2011
New SMC Honors Debate Scholarships

SMC's forensics program is now able to offer three new debate scholarships, SMC Honors awards, in the amount of $13,000 each for the 2012-2013 season. These awards, made possible by the office of Vice Provost of Enrollment, Michael Beseda, demonstrates the college's commitment to attracting academically and competitively high achievers to the Macken Collegiate Forensics program.


Released November 8, 2011
Solid SMC Debate Performance at UoP

Last weekend at the Paul Winters Invitational hosted by the University of the Pacific, SMC debaters turned in a solid performance in the largest field of the semester (41 regional and national colleges and universities):

  • Anya Reames & Erika Reames, octofinalists in junior-level debate (out of 28)
  • David Fujii & Clarissa Sheff, quarterfinalists in novice-level debate (out of 40)
  • Noah O'Connor, 12th place senior-level debate speaker (out of 102)
  • Anya Reames, 6th place junior-level debate speaker (out of 56)
  • Erika Reames, 19th place junior-level debate speaker (out of 56)

Released October 23, 2011
SMC Debater Noah O'Connor takes 1st at DVC

After a slow season start, SMC's debate and speech team came out strong this weekend at the Kevin Twohy Invite, hosted by DVC:

  • Noah O'Connor, 1st place senior-level debate speaker (out of 56)
  • Clarissa Sheff, 10th place novice-level debate speaker (out of 76)
  • Noah O'Connor & Maggie Powers, octofinalists in senior-level debate (out of 28)
  • David Fujii & Clarissa Sheff, quarterfinalists in novice-level debate (out of 38)
  • Anya Reames, finalist novice-level impromptu speaking

Earlier tournament results:California Double-Up @ Concordia-Irvine U, Part 1 (Oct 14-15):

  • David Fujii & Clarissa Sheff, quarterfinalists in novice-level debate (out of 33)
  • Maggie Powers, 3rd place novice-level persuasive speaking
  • Maggie Powers, finalist in senior-level extemporaneous speaking

California Double-Up, Part 2 (Oct 16, debate only):

  • Anya Reames & Erika Reames, 2nd place junior-level debate (out of 12)
  • Erika Reames, 8th place junior debate speaker (out of 24)

Golden Gate Season Opener @ SFSU (Sept 23-25):

  • Maggie Powers, 1st place novice-level persuasive speaking

Released July 15, 2011
Macken Forensics Scholarship Reciepients

Seven students have been selected to receive Macken Collegiate Forensics Program scholarship awards for the 2011-2012 season.

Award recipients are:

  • Margaret Powers ('14) Women's Studies/Anthropology
  • Erika Reames ('14) Psychology
  • Noah O'Connor ('14) History & Theology
  • Clarissa Sheff ('14) Philosophy
  • David Fujii ('14) English (Kurt W. Simon award, partial)
  • Alina Nguyen ('15) Environmental Science
  • Caitlin McLain ('15) Communication (Kurt W. Simon award, partial)

Released March 14, 2011
SMC takes 1st at NCCFA

At the annual National Christian Colleges Forensics Association Championship tournament hosted by Azusa Pacific University, every member of SMC's debate and speech team earned individual speaker awards. Finishing up the competitive season with its strongest speaking performance, the team earned enough points to put SMC in 1st place in the Individual Events Sweepstakes category:

  • Ana Diaz, 6th place Debate Speaker (out of 72)
  • Kaitlin Kellogg, 8th place Debate Speaker (out of 56)
  • Maggie Powers, 1st place Extemporaneous Speaking (out of 29)
  • Noah O'Connor, 6th place Impromptu Speaking (out of 47)
  • Noah O'Connor, semi-finalist Extemporaneous Speaking (out of 29)
  • Erika Reames, semi-finalist Extemporaneous Speaking (out of 29)
  • Shannon Daley, semi-finalist Extemporaneous Speaking (out of 29)

Released February 20, 2011
SMC Takes 2nd at WSCA

At the Western States Communication Association Invitational this weekend, Saint Mary's College earned 2nd place in sweepstakes points, with two of three of SMC's debate teams making up half of the advancing semifinalists and half of SMC's debaters in the top ten speakers. Contributing to the solid showing this weekend were:

  • Ana Diaz & Noah O'Connor, debate semifinalists
  • Kaitlin Kellogg & Erika Reames, debate semifinalists
  • Ana Diaz, 4th place debate speaker
  • Kaitlin Kellogg, 5th place debate speaker
  • Shannon Daley, 6th place debate speaker
  • Erika Reames, 9th place debate speaker
  • Noah O'Connor, 10th place debate speaker

Released February 13, 2011
Strong Showing at NCFA

At the Northern California Forensics Association's Spring Championship tournament last weekend, SMC's debaters made a strong showing in all three team divisions, with 5 of 6 team members earning top 10 speaker awards:

  • Ana Diaz & Noah O'Connor, quarterfinalists in senior-level debate
  • Shannon Daley and Maggie Powers, semifinalists in junior-level debate
  • Kaitlin Kellogg & Erika Reames, quarterfinalists in novice-level debate
  • Noah O'Connor, 5th place senior-level debate speaker
  • Erika Reames, 5th place novice-level debate speaker
  • Maggie Powers, 8th place junior-level debate speaker
  • Ana Diaz, 9th place senior-level debate speaker
  • Shannon, 10th place junior-level debate speaker

Released November 8, 2010
SMC Takes 1st at UoP

At the Paul Winters Invitational hosted by UoP this weekend, SMC's debate and speech team earned awards in every event entered, including earning 1st place in debate in the most competitive field this semester. Competing against 36 other colleges and universities, novice debate team Maggie Powers and Shannon Daley beat out 43 other teams to take the 1st place prize. Advancing into elimination rounds late into the evening last night (octofinals, quarters, semis), Powers & Daley beat UoP's advancing team on a 3-0 decision in the final round, affirming the resolution "China should float the yuan." Powers & Daley also earned 1st and 2nd place debate speaker awards, respectively. All awards:

  • Maggie Powers/Shannon Daley: 1st place novice debate (out of 43 teams)
  • Kaitlin Kellogg/Erika Reames: octofinalists in novice debate (out of 43 teams)
  • Ana Diaz/Noah O'Connor: double octofinalists in senior debate (out of 63 teams)
  • Maggie Powers, 1st place novice debate speaker (out of 86)
  • Shannon Daley, 2nd place novice debate speaker (out of 86)
  • Kaitlin Kellogg, 11th place novice debate speaker (out of 86)
  • Kaitlin Kellogg, 1st place novice Impromptu speaking
  • Noah O'Connor, 3rd place novice Impromptu speaking
  • Kaitlin Kellogg, finalist in novice Extemporaneous speaking
  • Noah O'Connor, finalist in novice Extemporaneous speaking
  • Maggie Powers, semifinalist in novice Extemporaneous speaking

Released October 24, 2010
Solid Performance at DVC

Bringing only two debate teams and one individual events competitor to the Kevin Twohy Invitational hosted by Diablo Valley College this weekend, SMC's team performed solidly in a field of over 20 other colleges and universities:

  • Shannon Daley & Maggie Powers, quarterfinalists in novice debate (out of 30 teams)
  • Shannon Daley, 7th place novice debate speaker (out of 60 speakers)
  • Kaitlin Kellogg, 2nd place novice Extemporaneous speaking
  • Kaitlin Kellogg, 2nd place novice Impromptu speaking

Released October 10, 2010
SMC Debate & Speech Score in Oregon

Traveling to Lewis & Clark College in Oregon over the weekend, SMC's Debate & Speech team competed in a tough field of 31 other colleges and universities. The team brought home awards in nearly every event in which they competed:

  • Kaitlin Kellogg & Erika Reames, 2nd place novice-level debate (out of 16
  • teams)
  • Erika Reames, 2nd place novice debate speaker (out of 32)
  • Kaitlin Kellogg, 3red place novice debate speaker (out of 32)
  • Maggie Powers, 7th place novice debate speaker (out of 32)
  • Maggie Powers, finalist, novice Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Kaitlin Kellogg, finalist, novice Extemporaneous Speaking

Released September 26, 2010
SMC Debate & Speech Success at GGO

SMC's Macken Debate & Speech team started the competitive season with a strong showing at the Golden Gate Season Opener at SFSU this weekend. Competing in a field of more than 25 other colleges and universities, first-year competitors came out strong, and those who earned awards are:

  • Maggie Powers & Shannon Daley: Quarterfinalists in novice-level debate (out of 29 teams)
  • Maggie Powers: 3rd place debate speaker (out of 58 speakers)
  • Shannon Daley: 10th place debate speaker (out of 58 speakers)
  • Maggie Powers: 4th place in novice-level Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Ashley Cook: 7th place in novice-level Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Kaitlin Kellogg: finalist in novice-level Impromptu Speaking

Released August 10, 2010
Macken Forensics Scholarship Reciepients

Eight students have been selected to receive Macken Collegiate Forensics Program scholarship awards for the 2010-2011 season and to attend the Bellingham Debate Workshop at Western Washington University in August.

Award recipients are:

  • Ana Diaz ('11), Politics (East Asian Studies minor)
  • Ashley Cook ('11) Communication
  • John Hopkins ('12) Communication
  • Noah O'Connor ('14) History & Theology
  • Margaret Powers ('14) History
  • Shannon Daley ('14) International Area Studies (Kurt W. Simon award, partial)
  • Erika Reames ('14) Psychology
  • Kaitlin Kellogg ('14) Communication (Kurt W. Simon award, partial)

Released March 24, 2010
Patterson Earns All American

At the National Parliamentary Debate Association championship tournament at Texas Tech U (3/18-3/23), Elizabeth Patterson was honored with the All American Award. This award recognizes seniors who have demonstrated excellence in debate, outstanding academic achievement, and active community service. Elizabeth was 1 of 7 seniors recognized at the championship tournament.

  • Elizabeth has competed for Macken Collegiate Forensics since the club transitioned to a program in 2006, earning Saint Mary's national recognition on the debate circuit. Elizabeth and her debate partner, Ana Diaz, finished the season in the top 7% of the 1086 senior level teams in the nation. Additionally, as a double major in Politics and Business Administration, she has maintained a 3.67 GPA, while actively and generously giving her time in service to SMC's community and beyond. Elizabeth will attend law school in the fall.

Released February 15, 2010
SMC advances to finals at Western States

At the Western States Communication Association tournament at Puget Sound University last weekend, SMC's junior debate team advanced to the final round. In a close contest (2-1 decision), Chelsea O'Sullivan and George Emmons took home the 2nd place award for junior parliamentary debate out of a field of 26. Other awards:

  • Elizabeth Patterson & Ana Diaz, octofinalist senior debate (out of 22)
  • Chelsea O'Sullivan, 10th place junior debate speaker (out of 52)
  • Chelsea O'Sullivan, 1st place junior Persuasive speaking (prepared speech advocates for legal protection for nonhuman primates)
  • George Emmons, 1st place junior Extemporaneous speaking
  • Elizabeth Patterson, 3rd place senior Extemporaneous speaking
  • Chelsea O'Sullivan, 3rd place junior Extemporaneous speaking
  • Ana Diaz, finalist senior extemporaneous speaking

In January's tournaments:

  • Ana Diaz, 16th place senior debate speaker (out of 106), WashBeach tournament at CSU Long Beach
  • George Emmons, 6th place, senior Extemporaneous speaking, Scheller Invitational at Pacific University (OR)
  • Ana Diaz, finalist, senior Extemporaneous speaking, Scheller Invitational at Pacific University (OR)

Released November 8, 2009
Novices take 2nd place at U of Pacific

SMC's novice debaters continued a tradition at the Paul Winters tournament last weekend at UoP by advancing to the final round it their division. Advancing from octofinals to quarterfinals to semifinals, Andrew Diaz and Xiang Zhang earned the 2nd place award overall on a 2-1 decision in the final round. Other awards:

  • Elizabeth Patterson & Ana Diaz, double-octofinalists, open parli
  • Andrew Diaz, semi-finalist, novice Impromptu Speaking

Released October 30, 2009
SMC positioned for NPTE after CC tourney

At the Al Johnson Invitational tournament at Colorado College last weekend, senior-level team Elizabeth Patterson & Ana Diaz cleared a very competitive field to advance past double-octafinals straight to octafinals. The points earned at this tournament plus the previous 2 this season so far position Patterson/Diaz 36th in the nation out of 446 other teams, according to the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence qualification point system. The NPTE tournament invites only the 50-64 top teams to compete in March at Azuza Pacific U. This is the first time in the team's history that SMC has a potentially qualified a team for this prestigious tournament. Novice team, Andrew Diaz & Xiang Zhang, also advanced to semi-finals at the CC tournament.


Released October 11, 2009
SMC Speech & Debate wins in Santa Rosa

At the Santa Rosa Invitational tournament this weekend, SMC's speech and debate team competitors together earned Saint Mary's College the 2nd place award for overall sweepstakes points. Earning the highest honor at the tournament, the Jack Pirella Top Speaker award, Elizabeth Patterson placed in all four events in which she competed. This award is named for the founder of SRJC's highly successful forensics program, and Patterson beat out more than 200 other competitors for this honor. All other awards earned at this tournament:

  • Elizabeth Patterson & Ana Diaz, quarterfinalists in senior-level debate
  • Elizabeth Patterson, 6th place senior debate speaker
  • Ana Diaz, 9th place senior debate speaker
  • Elizabeth Patterson, 1st place senior-level Communication Analysis (speech analyzes western rhetoric about the hajib via postcolonial theory)
  • Elizabeth Patterson, 1st place senior-level Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Elizabeth Patterson, 3rd place senior-level Impromptu Speaking
  • Ana Diaz, 2nd place senior-level Communication Analysis (speech analyzes television program "Drag Race" via performativity theory)
  • Ana Diaz, finalist, senior-level Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Chelsea O'Sullivan, finalist in senior-level Persuasive Speaking (speech advocates for international legal protection for nonhuman primates)
  • Chelsea O'Sullivan, finalist in senior-level Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Xiang Zhang, finalist in novice-level Extemporaneous Speaking

Released September 21, 2009
Success at Season Opener

SMC's Speech & Debate team started the competitive season with a strong showing at the Golden Gate Season Opener at SFSU this weekend. Both senior-level and first-year competitors earned hardware:

  • Elizabeth Patterson & Ana Diaz: Quarterfinalists in senior-level debate
  • Elizabeth Patterson: 2nd place in senior-level Communication Analysis
  • Chelsea O'Sullivan: 4th place in senior-level Persuasive Speaking
  • Ana Diaz: 4th place in senior-level Communication Analysis
  • Chelsea O'Sullivan: 6th place in senior-level Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Xiang Zhang: 5th place in novice-level Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Xiang Zhang: 5th place in novice-level Impromptu Speaking

Released June 1, 2009
Macken Forensics Scholarship Reciepients

Seven students have been selected to receive Macken Collegiate Forensics Scholarship awards for the 2009-2010 season. Award recipients are:

  • Elizabeth Patterson ('10), Politics and Business Administration (Kurt W. Simon award, partial)
  • Ana Diaz ('11), Liberal and Civic Studies (pre-law)
  • Chelsea O'Sullivan ('12), Environmental Science
  • George Emmons ('12), Integral and Politics (Kurt W. Simon award, partial)
  • Andrew Diaz ('13), Biology & Health Science
  • Xiang Zhang ('13), Business Admistration & Management (Kurt W. Simon award, partial)
  • BJ Godinez ('13), Integral

Released May 1, 2009
Lively End-of-Season Celebration and Awards

This year's end-of-season gathering on John Macken's houseboat at Lake Sonoma featured a debate, recognition of the team's season-long accomplishments, and lots of fun. Freshman debaters George Emmons, Chelsea O'Sullivan, David Azcarraga, and sophomore Esteban Salinas participate in a fun debate on the proposition, "SMC should increase penalities for campus pranks." Mr. Macken also treated the team and their guests to several rounds of wakeboarding in the rain.

  • Ana Diaz took home the Top Speaker of the Year award, recognizing her overall season accomplishments in both debate and individual events. Diaz was also honored as the team's top returning debater for the season, and George Emmons earned the top first-year debater award. Elizabeth Patterson took home the top speaker award for senior level debate, Esteban Salinas earned the top speaker award for returning members, and Chelsea O'Sullivan was named top first-year debate speaker. O'Sullivan also earned a mention as the debater advancing to the most elimination rounds for the season, and David Azcarraga was recognized as the most improved debater on the team.
  • The top senior level limited preparation events award went to Elizabeth Patterson, and George Emmons was recognized with the top first-year award for his record in limited preparation events for the season.

Released March 31, 2009
SMC Freshman Place at National Championship

At the largest tournament and in the toughest field of the year, the National Parliamentary Debate Association championship at the University of the Pacific, SMC freshman came out strong.

  • Chelsea O'Sullivan & George Emmons, 3rd place novice debate team
  • Chelsea O'Sullivan, 4th place novice debate speaker

Released March 16, 2009
SMC Captures National Debate Title

At the prestigious National Christian Colleges Forensics Association Championships hosted by Biola University this weekend, SMC's debaters showed that (arguably) God is a Gael! Saint Mary's College earned the 1st place Debate Sweepstakes and 3rd place Individual Events Sweepstakes awards in its division.   Contributing in debate were:

  • Ana Diaz & George Emmons, 1st place JV debate (out of 22)
  • Esteban Salinas, 5th place JV debate speaker (out of 44)
  • David Azcarrga, 8th place JV debate speaker (out of 44)

Contributing in individual events were:

  • George Emmons, 4th place novice Extemporaneous speaking
  • Ana Diaz, 5th place senior Communication Analysis
  • Elizabeth Patterson, semi-finalist senior Impromptu Speaking
  • George Emmons, semi-finalist novice Impromptu Speaking
  • David Azcarraga, semi-finalist novice Impromptu Speaking

Released March 1, 2009
Solid Peformance at PSCFA

Bringing only four team members to LA Valley College for the Pacific Southwest California Forensics Association Spring Champs tournament, the Macken team made a solid showing:

  • Chelsea O'Sullivan & David Azcarraga, 3rd place JV debate (out of 38)
  • Elizabeth Patterson, 13th Sr debate speaker (out of 98)
  • Chelsea O'Sullivan, 13th JV debate speaker (out of 76)
  • Ana Diaz, finalist JV Extemporaneous speaking

Released February 16, 2009
Success at ASU

Competing against 23 other colleges and universities at the Western States Communication Association Invitational at ASU last weekend, the team came home with awards in all their categories:

  • Elizabeth Patterson, 1st place open debate speaker (out of 46)
  • Esteban Salinas, 6th place open debate speaker (out of 46)
  • Ana Diaz, 9th place open debate speaker (out of 46)
  • Ana Diaz & Chelsea O'Sullivan: Quarterfinalists in open debate (out of 28 teams)
  • Ana Diaz, 2nd place Jr Extemporaneous speaking
  • George Emmons, 3rd place Jr Extemporaneous speaking
  • George Emmons, 3rd place Jr Impromptu speaking
  • Ana Diaz, Finalist Sr Communication Analysis
  • Elizabeth Patterson, Finalist Sr Extemporaneous speaking
  • Elizabeth Patterson, Finalist Sr Impromptu speaking
  • Chelsea O'Sullivan, Finalist Jr Extemporaneous speaking
  • Chelsea O'Sullivan, Finalist Jr Impromptu speaking

Released December 16, 2008
SMC Debate in Top 15%

According to the National Parliamentary Debate Association's rankings at mid-season, Saint Mary's is 30th out of 200 participating colleges and universities. In the top 15%, this is the young team's highest ranking, beating out the top 25% at this time last year. Debaters who contributed to this ranking are:

  • Elizabeth Patterson
  • Ana Diaz
  • Esteban Salinas
  • Chelsea O'Sullivan
  • George Emmons
  • David Azcarraga
  • Alana Armstrong

Released November 9, 2008
Team scores at UoP

Competing against 57 other colleges and universities at the Paul Winters Invitational at the University of the Pacific last weekend, all members of SMC's speech and debate team earned awards:

  • Ana Diaz & Chelsea O'Sullivan, 2nd place junior debate team (out of 30)
  • George Emmons & Alana Armstrong, octofinalists in junior debate (out of 30)
  • Alana Armstrong, 3rd place in novice persuasive speaking
  • Elizabeth Patterson, finalist in senior extemporaneous speaking
  • Esteban Salinas, finalist in senior extemporaneous speaking
  • Ana Diaz, finalist in senior communication analysis
  • Chelsea O'Sullivan, finalist in novice extemporaneous speaking
  • George Emmons, finalist in novice extemporaneous speaking

Released October 26, 2008
SMC Debate Takes First Place

At the Kevin Towhy Invitational, SMC novice debaters earned two first place awards from the largest field so far this season. SMC's other competitors also took home hardware:

  • George Emmons & David Azcarraga, 1st place novice debate team (out of 38)
  • George Emmons, 1st place novice debate speaker (out of 76)
  • Alana Armstrong, 1st place novice Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Esteban Salinas, 9th place senior debate speaker (out of 48)
  • Chelsea O'Sullivan, 11th place senior debate speaker (out of 48)
  • Elizabeth Patterson, 12th place senior debate speaker (out of 48)
  • David Azcarraga, 12th place novice debate speaker (out of 76)

Released October 13, 2008
SMC's Speech & Debate team Score Big in Oregon

Traveling to Lewis & Clark College in Oregon last weekend, SMC's Speech & Debate team competed against 29 other schools. The team brought home awards in every event in which they competed:

  • George Emmons & David Azcarraga, 3rd place Parliamentary debate (novice, out of 34 teams)
  • Esteban Salinas & Chelsea O'Sullivan, 5th place Parliamentary debate (junior, out of 26 teams)
  • Alana Armstrong, 1st place novice Extemporaneous Speaking
  • George Emmons, 3rd place novice Impromptu Speaking
  • Ana Diaz, 3rd place senior Communication Analysis
  • Alana Armstrong, 4th place novice Impromptu Speaking
  • Elizabeth Patterson, finalist in both senior Extemporaneous and Impromptu Speaking
  • Esteban Salinas, finalist in novice Extemporaneous Speaking

 


Released October 6, 2008
Team wins in IEs at Top of the Rockies

At the Top of the Rockies invitational at the U of Wyoming last weekend, senior members made a strong early season showing in individual speaking events.

  • Elizabeth Patterson, who earned 1st place in senior Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Ana Diaz, who earned 1st place in senior Communication Analysis
  • Ana Diaz, who earned 4th place in senior Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Ana Diaz, finalist in senior Impromptu

Released September 29, 2008
Speech & debate success at Opener

At the Golden Gate Season Opener last weekend at SFSU, novices came out strong:

  • Chelsea O'Sullivan and David Azcarraga, 5th place team debate award out of 30 novice teams.
  • Chelsea O'Sullivan, 4th place speaker award (out of 60 speakers) in novice.
  • Esteban Salinas, 5th place speaker award (out of 60 speakers) in novice.

Released May 31, 2008
Macken Forensics Scholarship reciepients

Eight students have been selected to receive Macken Collegiate Forensics Scholarship awards for the 2008-2009 season. Award recipients are:

  • Elizabeth Patterson ('10), Politics and Business Administration (Kurt W. Simon award, partial)
  • Ana Diaz ('11), Liberal and Civic Studies (pre-law)
  • Chelsea O'Sullivan ('12), Environmental Science
  • Shana Dhillon ('09), Communication
  • George Emmons ('12), Integral and Politics (Kurt W. Simon award, partial)
  • Esteban Salinas ('11), Integral
  • Alana Armstrong, ('12), Molecular Biology (pre-med)
  • David Azcagarra ('12), undecided

Released April 20, 2008
2007-2008 End-of-season awards

This year's end-of-season gathering on John Macken's houseboat at Lake Sonoma featured a debate, recognition of the team's season-long accomplishments, and lots of fun. John Macken indulged the debate team by participating in a debate on the proposition, "The USFG should significantly increase support of Nuclear Energy." Partnered with Elizabeth Patterson on the affirmative, Macken and Patterson beat senior Logan Newell and coach Cathy Glenn in a challenging and fun debate. Mr. Macken also treated the team and their guests to a round of wakeboarding, joining in and showing off his own skills.Logan Newell, graduating this year, took home the Top Speaker of the Year award, recognizing his accomplishments in both debate and individual events. Elizabeth Patterson was honored once again this year as the team's top debater, and Ana Diaz was awarded the Top Novice in both debate and individual events.


Released April 1, 2008
Debate Scholarship Endowment established

In memory of SMC alum Kurt W. Simon, Joe Siler ('62 SMC alum) worked with Mrs. Atsuko Kawahara (Simon's widow) to establish the Kurt W. Simon Endowment for debate scholarships. The endowment was fully funded by Mrs. Kawahara this year and will contribute to the long-term stability of the Macken Collegiate Forensics program.Also contributing scholarship gifts this year were John Macken, Joe Siler, and Dick Smith, all '62 SMC alum.


Released March 31, 2008
SMC Team Earns 2nd at Nats

At the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs this weekend, SMC debaters competed with 82 other colleges and universities from all across the nation at the National Parliamentary Debate Association's annual tournament. Logan Newell (senior) and Ana Diaz (frosh) earned 2nd place in the novice group and placed 6th and 7th, respectively, in speaker points.

This win is the first time since John Macken restablished speech and debate at SMC in 2002 that a debate team has placed at the largest tournament of the year. Ultimately, because of the consistently strong performance of the debaters this year, Saint Mary's College finished in the top 35% of all colleges in the nation, which continues a consistent trend upward in NPDA rankings.


Released March 12, 2008
Senior Logan Newell Scores in all Events at NCCFI

The Macken Speech & Debate team returned on Monday night from the prestigious National Christian Colleges Forensics Invitational tournament with awards in hand. Held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, SMC's team members earned a variety of awards in the Individual Events categories and one in debate. Of note, Logan Newell, a senior, earned awards for each of the 4 events in which he competed:

  • Logan Newell, 2nd place Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Logan Newell, 3rd place Persuasive Speaking
  • Logan Newell, 4th place Informative Speaking
  • Logan Newell, 4th place Impromptu Speaking

Also earning awards:

  • Ana Diaz, 3rd place JV debate speaker (out of 28)
  • Lisa Rose Battaglia, finalist in Informative Speaking
  • Lisa Rose Battaglia, finalist in Dramatic Interpretation

Released February 17, 2008
Team earns 2nd place in Boulder

In Boulder, CO for the Western States Communication Association Forensics Invitational this weekend, Macken speech & debate competitors earned Saint Mary's College the 2nd place Overall Sweepstakes award and 2nd place Individual Events Sweepstakes award. Contributing to the wins were:

  • Elizabeth Patterson & John Lehman, 2nd place parliamentary debate (JV) (out of 20)
  • Elizabeth Patterson, 1st place Impromptu speaking
  • Elizabeth Patterson, 3rd place Extemporaneous speaking
  • Lisa Rose Battaglia, 2nd place Dramatic interpretation
  • Ana Diaz, 3rd place Impromptu speaking
  • Shana Dhillon, 3rd place Prose interpretation
  • Logan Newell, Finalist Impromptu and Extemporaneous speaking
  • John Lehman, Finalist Extemporaneous speaking

Released January 28, 2008
Success at Western Washington

Representing Saint Mary's College in impressive fashion, Macken team members traveled to Western Washington University this weekend and earned awards is a variety of events:

  • Elizabeth Patterson & John Lehman, Octofinalists, JV debate
  • Elizabeth Patterson, 3rd place debate speaker (out of 78)
  • Lisa Rose Battaglia, 2nd place Prose Interpretation
  • Logan Newell, finalist novice Persuasive Speaking
  • Ana Diaz, finalist novice Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Ana Diaz, finalist novice Impromptu Speaking

Released December 10, 2007
SMC Debate Ranked in top 25%

Saint Mary's College debaters are ranked in the top 25% in the nation for the first time in the team's history, according to the National Parliamentary Debate Association. Only halfway through the season, the consistently winning performance of returning and new members has earned enough points to surpass the team's 2006-2007 full season total. The teams that competed in the fall semester and contributed to the overall ranking were:

  • Elizabeth Patterson (sophomore) & Shana Dhillon (junior) (Elissa Meisenheimer, before sabbatical)
  • Logan Newell (junior) & Ana Diaz (freshman)
  • John Lehman (freshman) & Esteban Salinas (freshman).

In the second half of 2007-2008 season, Newell and Salinas will shift their focus from debate to individual speaking events, joining other individual speaking event competitors, Lisa Rose Battaglia (freshman) and Annie Kimmerlein (junior). Debate teams continuing into the second half of the season are:

  • Elizabeth Patterson & John Lehman
  • Shana Dhillon & Ana Diaz.

These teams will culminate their season by competing in March at the National Parliamentary Debate Association's tournament at the US Air Force Academy in Boulder, CO, which will include debate teams from over 200 other colleges and universities.


Released November 12, 2007
Macken team cleans up at UoP

At the last tournament of the fall semester, the Paul Winters Invitational at University of the Pacific, Macken team members cleaned up. The team earned enough awards to place Saint Mary's College in the 4th Sweepstakes position, beating out 35 other colleges, the best position in the team's history at this annual tournament.   Earning awards:

  • John Lehman & Esteban Salinas, Quarterfinalists Novice Parli
  • Logan Newell & Ana Diaz, Octofinalists Novice Parli
  • Elizabeth Patterson, 4th place Junior Parli Speaker award (out of 42)
  • John Lehman, 8th place Novice Parli Speaker award (out of 78)
  • Logan Newell, 18th place Novice Parli Speaker (out of 78)
  • Lisa Rose Battaglia, 1st place Prose Interpretation (novice)
  • Lisa Rose Battaglia, 2nd place Dramatic Interpretation (novice)
  • Annie Kimmerlein, 2nd place Prose Interpretation (novice)
  • Annie Kimmerlein, 3rd place Dramatic Interpretation (novice)
  • Logan Newell, 3rd place Extemporaneous Speaking (novice)
  • Elizabeth Patterson, finalist Extemporaneous Speaking (open)
  • Logan Newell, finalist Impromptu Speaking (novice)

Released November 4, 2007
Individual Events Competitors win at Cal

At the Golden Gate Invitational tournament at UCB this weekend, Macken team individual event competitors collected several awards:

  • Shana Dhillon, 2nd place Prose Interpretation (open)
  • Lisa Rose Battaglia, 2nd place Dramatic Interpretation (open)
  • Elizabeth Patterson, 3rd place Extemporaneous Speaking (open)
  • Annie Kimmerlein, 3rd place Dramatic Interpretation (open)

Released October 15, 2007
SMC's novice debaters place first

At the Bear Cub Invitational tournament in Santa Rosa Jr College last weekend, SMC's novice debate team beat out 29 other novice teams to win the first place award in the final round of competition. Earning awards and contributing to SMC's 2nd place University Sweepstakes award:

  • John Lehman & Esteban Salinas, 1st place team award in Parliamentary debate (out of 30, novice)
  • Logan Newell, 2nd place award in Extemporaneous speaking (novice)
  • Logan Newell, 3rd place award in Impromptu speaking (novice)
  • Annie Kimmerlein, 2nd place award in Prose Interpretation (novice)
  • Elizabeth Patterson, 6th place Open Speaker in Parliamentary debate (out of 36)
  • Annie Kimmerlein, finalist award in Dramatic Interpretation (novice)

Released September 23, 2007
New Team Members Score at Cal

At the Cal Season Opener this weekend, the Macken Speech & Debate team's new members came out strong and earned awards alongside returning members:

  • John Lehman & Esteban Salinas, Quarterfinalist award in Parliamentary debate (novice)
  • Elissa Amaral, 2nd place Persuasive Speaking award (novice)
  • Elissa Meisenheimer, 7th place Open Debate Speaker award (out of 44)
  • John Lehman, 10th place Novice Debate Speaker award (out of 28)
  • Esteban Salinas, 11th place Novice Debate Speaker (out of 28)
  • Ana Diaz, finalist award in novice Impromptu Speaking

Released September 17, 2007
Returning Debaters Come Out Strong

Macken Forensics brought 2 debate teams to compete at the first tournament of the season, Top of the Rockies at U of Wyoming. At what may prove to be one of the toughest tournaments this semester, the following awards were earned:

  • Elissa Meisenheimer & Shana Dhillon, Octofinalist award in JV (chose to forfeit octofinal round due to travel arrangements)
  • Elissa Meisenheimer, 2nd place Speaker award in JV (out of 72 speakers)
  • Elizabeth Patterson 19th place Speaker awrd in JV (out of 72 speakers)

Released July 1, 2007
Macken Scholarship Award Recipients

Seven students have been selected to receive the first round of Macken Forensics Scholarship awards for the 2007-2008 season.Award recipients are:

  • Elizabeth Patterson ('10), double major in Politics and Business Administration
  • Elissa Meisenheimer ('09), Integral major.
  • Shana Dhillon ('09), Communication major.
  • Logan Newell ('08), Business major with emphasis on finance.
  • Elissa Amaral ('10), undecided.
  • Somachi Chris-Asoluka ('11) incoming freshman majoring in Economics.
  • John Lehman ('11) incoming freshman, undecided.

John Macken's continuing generous support of the speech and debate team, as he said, is another step in "a long-term plan that is sustainable" to help the team grow and support its success as it continues to "grow in the future."


Released April 29, 2007
Team Finishes Year with Winning Record

The Saint Mary's College Macken Speech & Debate Team finished the 2006-2007 competitive season with a winning record. Traveling to tournaments around the nation, team members earned awards at nearly every tournament in debate, interpretation of literature, and limited preparation and prepared platform speaking events. As a result of those awards, Saint Mary's College was recognized at many tournaments with overall school awards. According to the National Parliamentary Debate Association's rankings, Saint Mary's College placed 116th out of 257 schools, the highest since John Macken re-established speech and debate at SMC in 2002.

Leading award winners for the team were Elizabeth Patterson, Shana Dhillon, and Elissa Meisenheimer. Elizabeth Patterson, a freshman, earned a total of 16 awards during the year in debate, limited preparation, and prepared platform speaking events. Shana Dhillon, a sophomore, earned a total of 8 awards in oral interpretation of literature and debate. Elissa Meisenheimer, a sophomore, earned a total of 6 awards in debate and limited preparation speaking events.

Patterson was honored at the year-end gathering--hosted on sponsor John Macken's Lake Sonoma houseboat--with the Outstanding Debater and Outstanding Speaker awards. Dhillon received the Outstanding Interpretive award, and both Dhillon and Patterson received the Outstanding Service awards for their consistent dedication and work on behalf of the team. Most Promising Novice awards included Elissa Amaral in speaking events and Logan Newell and Shana Dhillon in debate.


Released March 19, 2007
New Macken Forensics Scholarship Program

John Macken continues his generous support of the team by finalizing plans to offer several scholarships to first-year, transfer, and current SMC students. In Macken's words, this is another step in "a long-term plan that is sustainable" to help the team grow and support its success as it continues to "grow in the future." For more information, visit the "Scholarships" link on the homepage.


Released March 4, 2007
Macken team wins at Season Champs tournaments

Traveling to Southern California two weekends in a row, the Macken Speech & Debate team racked up a collection of both individual and college awards. At the annual National Christian College Forensics Association Invitational tournament, March 2-4:

  • Saint Mary's College: 2nd place Quality Sweepstakes Award
  • Shana Dhillon: 1st place Prose Interpretation
  • Elizabeth Patterson: 3rd place Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Elizabeth Patterson: 3rd place Impromptu Speaking
  • Elizabeth Patterson: 5th place Debate Speaker

At the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association Spring Championships tournament February 23-25:

  • Saint Mary's College: 3rd place Limited Entry Sweepstakes Award
  • Elizabeth Patterson: 1st place Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Shana Dhillon: 2nd place Dramatic Interpretation
  • Elizabeth Patterson: 3rd place Impromptu Speaking

Released February 13, 2007
Macken Speech & Debate Jan term successes

Traveling to tournaments in Colorado, Oregon, and Arizona during Jan term, Macken Speech & Debate team members met regional competitors in preparation for representing Saint Mary's College at the annual national tournament in March, earning SMC a 5th place Quality Sweepstakes Award at Pacific U in Oregon. Team members earning awards:

  • Shana Dhillon: 3rd place Prose Interpretation (Pacific University in Oregon)
  • Elizabeth Patterson: 3rd place Impromptu Speaking (Pacific University in Oregon)
  • Elissa Meisenheimer & Elizabeth Patterson: Octofinalists in parliamentary debate (Pacific University in Oregon)
  • Shana Dhillon: Semi-finalist in Prose Interpretation (Arizona State University)
  • Elissa Meisenheimer & Elizabeth Patterson: 6th place parliamentary debate (Arizona State University)



Released November 13, 2006
Macken Speech & Debate team Wins 1st Place

In the largest Northern California tournament of the fall--the Paul Winters Invitational hosted by the University of the Pacific--the Macken Speech & Debate team finished in impressive style. The Paul Winters Invitational tournament is considered a litmus test for national competitiveness, and Saint Mary's College, once again, established itself as a top speech and debate team among 35 other schools.Sending only 4 competitors to this final tournament of the fall season, SMC earned the 1st place Small School Overall Individual Events Sweepstakes Award. Additionally, sending only one debate team, SMC placed in the quarterfinals of debate. Those earning awards are as follows:

  • Elissa Meisenheimer: finalist in novice division Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Shana Dhillon: finalist in novice division Prose Interpretation and finalist in novice division Poetry Interpretation
  • Liz Ashman: finalist in novice division Persuasive Speaking
  • Liz Ashman & Elizabeth Patterson: Quarterfinalists in junior division debate

Released October 23, 2006
Macken Speech & Debate Continues Success at California Double-Up

SMC competitors traveled to Azusa Pacific University this weekend for 2 back- to-back tournaments. Meeting their toughest competition yet this season, the Macken Speech & Debate team established itself among the top teams in the nation. Contributing to the team's continuing success at last weekend's tournament:

  • Liz Ashman & Elizabeth Patterson: 2nd place debate team in novice division
  • Miles Burgin & Sara Kelley: 5th place debate team in open division
  • Nate Garcia & Michael Antonopoulos: 5th place debate team in junior division
  • Liz Ashman: 3rd place Speaker in novice division debate
  • Michael Antonopoulos: 7th place Speaker in junior division debate
  • Elissa Meisenheimer: 6th place in novice division Extemporaneous speaking

Released October 15, 2006
SMC wins 2nd place at Santa Rosa Invitational

At the Santa Rosa Invitational tournament this weekend, the Macken Speech & Debate team racked up enough individual awards to earn the 2nd place Overall Sweepstakes Award for SMC, beating out 16 other competing colleges. Earning awards:

  • Liz Ashman: 1st place debate speaker in novice division
  • Shana Dhillon: 1st place Prose Interpretation in novice division
  • Elizabeth Patterson: 2nd place Extemporaneous speaking in novice division
  • Michael Antonopoulos: 5th place debate speaker in open division 
  • Elizabeth Patterson: 6th place debate speaker in novice division 
  • Miles Burgin: 10th place debate speaker in open division
  • Miles Burgin & Elissa Meisenheimer: 5th place debate team in open division 
  • Liz Ashman & Evan Koike: Octofinalist debate team in novice division
  • Miles Burgin, finalist in open division Extemporaneous and Impromptu speaking
  • Liz Ashman, finalist in novice Persuasive speaking
  • Elissa Meisenheimer, finalist in novice Extemporaneous speaking

Released September 27, 2006
Strong Season Opener for Macken Team

At the season opening, national swing tournament at UC Berkeley this weekend, the Macken Speech & Debate team represented Saint Mary's College in impressive fashion. Taking only 5 members to this early competition, the team collected 5 awards.

Debating in open (senior) division, Miles Burgin and Elizabeth Ashman went 4-2 in preliminary rounds to make it to the quarter finals round. Winning that round by earning all 3 judges' votes, they finished in 3rd place overall. This win puts the Burgin/Ashman team in the top 30% of parliamentary teams in the nation.

Miles Burgin also earned a 2nd place speaker award in open (senior) parliamentary debate.

Competing for the first time in a college tournament, Elizabeth Patterson earned 3 public speaking awards. In the first half of the swing, Elizabeth placed 2nd place in novice Informative Speaking. In the second half of the swing, Elizabeth earned a 1st place award in novice Informative Speaking and a 3rd place award in novice Impromptu.


For information about or photos of the Macken Debate & Speech
Team, please contact Director of Forensics, Dr. Cathy B. Glenn, at
forensics@stmarys-ca.edu.
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