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Released March 19, 2019

The Macken Debate & Speech Team is proud to announce we have had our most successful National Parliamentary Debate Association National Tournament in school history!

 

The team began competition at the NPDA National Tournament on Friday, March 15th at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah with high expectations but we could never have expected this level of success!  After three days of competitive debate our competitors have forged three new school records: Top 16, Debate Team; #10, Tournament Sweep Stakes; and #18 Season Long Sweepstakes! 

 

Seniors Marielle Gardner and Maya Szafraniec made it to the Sweet 16, besting their top 32 finish last year and setting a new school record!  Gardner/Szafraniec completed the preliminary round portion of the tournament with a record of five wins and three losses, qualifying to elimination rounds. 

 

In the first elimination round Gardner/Szafraniec were placed against a familiar team, University of Utah DF, who they faced off against in finals of the Robert Barberra Invitational at CSU-Northridge last fall.  On a 3-0 decision Gardner/Szafraniec advanced to the round of 32, demonstrating significant growth and illustrating what they had learned from their previous meeting.   In the round of 32 Gardner/Szafraniec debated the 6th seed, University of Notre Dame PD, whom previously defeated them in round three of the 2018 NPDA National Tournament.  This time, things were different.  Gardner/Szafraniec won the debate on a 2-1 decision and advanced to the Sweet 16!  Paired against Concordia University, Irvine in the Sweet 16 Gardner/Szafraniec fell on a 4-1 decision.  The debate hinged on one argument and three judges agreed with Concordia, who was knocked out in the Elite 8, the fourth believed the debate centered elsewhere.  This was a tough loss for the competitors as they were favored over Concordia but they took it in stride.  Had they advanced to the Elite 8 Gardner/Szafraniec would have debated Lewis & Clark University, which would be expected to be an exceptionally close debate either way.  Additionally, this is the fifth time in five years that the Macken Debate & Speech team has had competitors in the elimination rounds of a national tournament in parliamentary debate. 

 

For the first time in school history the Macken Debate & Speech team brought home a top 10 Tournament Sweepstakes Award.  As it took every member of our program working together to be successful to achieve the 10th place finish this was the perfect way to celebrate their season long commitment, right down to our newcomers.  The Tournament Sweepstakes Awards is determined through a mathematical formula based on the amount of wins for the best four teams from each institution at the tournament.  The four teams who contributed to this award were Gardner/Szafraniec, Isabel Jeronimo/Luke Perez, Ojaswi Sharma/Kathryn Magee, and Joshua Moore/Barbra Altawil.

 

Our third record-breaking performance came in the form of the 18th Place Season Long Sweepstakes Award, out of 153 schools.  This is the first time Saint Mary’s College has ever received a Season Long Sweepstakes Award from the NPDA National Tournament.  Season Long Sweepstakes are calculated similarly to the Tournament Sweepstakes Award but for the season.  An alternative mathematical formula is implemented to calculate rankings of each individual school, based on the success of as many as four teams per tournament for up to four tournaments.  Generally, teams plan their travel schedule to be successful in order to win this award but our competitors achieved this award through sheer will, traveling an extremely difficult schedule and still being successful.  The students who contributed to this award are: Gardner, Szafraniec, Jeronimo, Perez, Sharma, Magee, Moore, Altawil, Rita Anderson, and Brett Austin.

 

Our Open level competitors were not the only individuals to receive accolades for their performance at the tournament.  After going to only three tournaments this season, Moore received the 4th Place Speaker for Novice Speakers.  As “True Novices”, meaning no previous debate experience prior to this season, Moore and his partner debated against the same field as the Open competitors, even though they may have had significantly less experience than their opponents.

 

As with any Nationals this tournament was extremely difficult.  In addition to Gardner/Szafraniec’s success both Jeronimo/Perez and Sharma/Magee ended the tournament with 4 wins and 4 losses.  Jeronimo/Perez were still in contention for elimination rounds in the final round but lost their last two debates, preventing them from advancing. Moore/Altawil were one win away from advancing to Novice elimination rounds and Anderson/Austin were just out of reach, as well.

 

While we have fantastic students it would have been impossible for us to achieve these results without an amazing support system.  The coaching staff of Director of Forensics Matthew Swanson, Assistant Coach Andrea Adams, Christopher M. Miles, and Deven Cooper all contributed to the team’s success.  However, special recognition is due to Miles and Cooper.  Miles works with our program as a part time coach while awaiting his opportunity to attend Saint Mary’s College Masters in Intercultural Communication. He is recognized nation wide for his knowledge of critical literature, understanding of domestic and foreign policy, technical skills, and dedication to the activity.  Miles was an integral part of our success with Gardner/Szafraniec last year at NPDA and he agreed to return this year to help Saint Mary’s College go the distance.  Prior to his program being cut as a senior Miles and his partner, Michael Smith (who has also worked with our program previously), were #7 in the nation.  Cooper is the Director of Debate at CSU-Long Beach and agreed to work with our program at NPDA to gain experience in the format.  Cooper is an unparalleled coach whose background is in CEDA/Policy Debate and has previously coached the Top Speaker at the Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament.  As a competitor, Cooper won the CEDA National Tournament as a Junior and took second place as a Senior.  His experience and contributions were a vital part of our success this year.

 

*Go Gaels*


Released February 11, 2019

Congratulations to the parliamentary debate members of the Macken Debate and Speech team for their success at the Mizzou National Warm-up hosted by the University of Missouri! The team not only braved the cold but they braved fierce competition, too! Six of the top 10 and nine of the top 20 individual teams in the nation were in attendance, guaranteeing the competition lived up to the name.  The last significant tournament for much of the team was wayyyy back in October and/or they traveled abroad during January so many of our students have not had an opportunity to prepare for the tournament as well as we are used to.  

Nonetheless, the team performed spectacularly.  Debaters Marielle Gardner and Maya Szafraniec as well as Luke Perez and Isabel Jeronimo finished the tournament with a 4-3 record advancing to elimination rounds.  After the dust settled, both teams ended their run in the Sweet 16.  Both teams exited the tournament after debating the resolution “The Netherlands should enact a policy to substantially reduce euthanasia,” which resulted in particularly emotionally charged discussions.

According to the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence rankings, which tracks the top individual partnerships, Gardner/Szafraniec are ranked 13th in the nation!  After their first outing as a parli team, the partnership of Jeronimo/Perez found their way into the top 60.  The National Parliamentary Debate Association ranks schools as a whole each year and as a program Saint Mary’s College is currently ranked 14th in the nation amongst parliamentary debate teams, though we expect last minute point submissions to cause this to fluctuate as many as 10 spots.

Our regular season has now come to an end and the team is focusing on preparation for our national tournaments!  First amongst these is the National Round Robin hosted at the University of California, Berkeley on March 2nd and 3rd.

 

*Go Gaels*


Released February 5, 2018

On January 25th, after three weeks of class, the students loaded into vans and we took a trip to California State University, Long Beach to compete in theNovice (beginner) division of the Winter at the Beach policy debate tournament.  The students competed against other novice teams who had significantly more practice and close to a semester worth of experience.

I am excited to announce that Ally Sullivan and Kaela Dishion were Semifinalists in the tournament!  After six rounds of Swiss-system competition, novice competitors Sullivan and Dishion advanced to the Quarterfinal round as the 4th seed of the tournament with a record of 4 wins and 2 losses.  They defeated their opponents from CSU Fresno, convincing all three judges they had won the debate.  Sullivan and Dishion advanced to the Semifinal round where they lost on a close decision.

After a single tournament the students decided one was not enough.  On Friday February 1st the class attended the Keeling Invitational at Chabot College in parliamentary debate.  The class focused on policy debate so the switch to the parliamentary debate format was a new challenge for the students, one the class would take on full force. 

Overall, the Jan term class took the 3rd Place Sweepstakes award for overall excellence in debate!  In the Open (advanced) division class student Isabel Jeronimo was joined by team member Maya Szafraniec to take 2nd place in the tournament with an overall record of 11-2!  In the Novice division of thetournament Brett Austin and Max Stewartson finished as Semifinalists!  With never having done parliamentary debate before, Stewartson also received thetournament’s Top Novice speaker award; an award reserved for the best novice competitor.

Just like many of you, we had a very short (but packed) term full of competition and excitement.  The whole class came together as a unit when we were in Long Beach and that collectivist environment followed all the way through the Keeling.  We had a great class and I hope all of you enjoyed your time as much as we did.

While this was many of the students first time trying competitive collegiate debate it may not be their last.  Several of the students have expressed interest in sticking around to debate next semester in the regular season.  I hope that you encourage any student who shows interest in public speaking or debate to check out the team.  The Macken Debate and Speech team is constantly  recruiting and we are always welcoming new members of any skill level.

 

*Go Gaels*


Released November 5, 2018

Last weekend the Macken Debate and Speech team traveled to Los Angeles to compete at the Robert Barbera Invitational, hosted by California State University, Northridge.  The squad fielded four teams spread out over two debate events, Policy debate and Parliamentary debate.  This was our third Parliamentary debate tournament with a team in the final round this season! Previous final round appearances include the Golden Gate Season Opener and the Steve Hunt Classic.  It was not just Parli who showed up to win, our Policy debaters were hunting for the gold, too!

 

In Parliamentary Debate:

Out of 37 teams Marielle Gardner and Maya Szafraniec took 2nd place after advancing to elimination rounds.  They finished preliminary rounds as the 4th seed with a record of 5-1, defeating their one prelim loss in the semi-final round.  Barbra Altawil and Joshua Moore competed in the novice division and even though they did not advance, they gained a lot of valuable experience.  Gardner also won 10th speaker for open and Moore was ranked 15th.

 

In Policy Debate:

Both of our teams in Policy debate received awards this weekend!  In the open division, Luke Perez and Kathryn Magee made it to the semi-final round after winning 3 prelim rounds. Perez/Magee won their quarterfinal round on a 3-0 decision before losing to Arizona State University on a tight 2-1 decision.  In the novice division, first timer Barbara Taylor partnered with Ojaswi Sharma to make it to the quarterfinal round after advancing to elimination rounds with a 4-2 record.  Additionally, Sharma received 5th speaker in novice policy.

*Go Gaels*


Released October 30, 2018

Last weekend the Macken Debate and Speech team Parli debaters competed at the Golden Gate Invitational, hosted by U.C. Berkeley.  The field included almost half of the top 20 ranked teams in the nation and our competitors had a great showing.

 

Marielle Gardner and Maya Szafraniec finished with a 4-2 record and advanced to the first elimination round, where they were defeated.  Isabel Jeronimo and Ojaswi Sharma finished the tournament with a record of 3-3, losing their final round in a highly contested debate.  If they had won that round, Jeronimo/Sharma would have joined their teammates in the elimination rounds of the tournament.

 

The Macken Debate Union is hosting a public debate on November 13th debating issues of profiling on college campuses.  The debate will be held in Dante 204 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.  We will have refreshments immediately prior and after the conclusion of the debate.  We hope to see you there!

 

Two weeks ago, the policy team traveled to UNLV for one of the most competitive tournaments of the year for them.  After a valiant effort, the team was unable to advance but learned a great deal from their experience.

 

This was an action packed weekend but we have our sights set ahead.  The whole team travels together to Cal State Northridge to compete this weekend.  

 

*Go Gaels*


Released October 15, 2018

The Macken Debate and Speech team found itself in back-to-back final rounds! 

This weekend, the team took the 10-hour drive to Portland, Oregon to compete at the Steve Hunt Classic hosted by Lewis and Clark College.  The Steve Hunt Classic is one of the largest tournaments in the Pacific Northwest, offering 11 speech events and 4 unique types of debate.  The NPDA debate division alone had 56 teams representing 22 schools from 10 states!

The novice team of Rita Anderson ’20 and Brett Austin ’22 took 2nd place in the tournament after advancing to elimination rounds with a record of 3 wins and 2 losses.  They won two additional rounds to find themselves competing in finals falling 2-1 to competitors from Whitman College. 

Also receiving accolades this weekend were Quarterfinalists Joshua Moore ’20 and Barbra Altawil ‘22. Moore received 6th place Novice speaker and Barbra Altawil captured 9th place Novice speaker. 

It was amazing to watch the hard work and dedication from our new students pay off.  They have spent the last several weeks trying to prepare for the tournament and were mentored by their coaching staff and fellow students.  While we had high hopes for our open competitors, the open teams of Marielle Garner/Maya Szafraniec and Isabel Jeronimo/Ojaswi Sharma also competed but were unable to advance to elimination rounds.  However, even though they had a difficult tournament, these senior students provided assistance at the tournament, which ensured the success of their novice teammates.

The team’s next tournament is in policy debate at the Las Vegas Classic this weekend, 10/22-10/24.

 

*Go Gaels*


 

Released September 24, 2018

From September 21st through the 23rd, the Saint Mary's College Macken Debate and Speech team competed at the Golden Gate Season Opener (GGO) hosted by San Francisco State University.  The Parliamentary Debate portion of the tournament was attended by 20 schools from 3 states with 22 teams registered for the Open (advanced) Division and 19 for the Novice (beginner) Division.

 

In the Open Division: 

After completing 10 debates, the team of Seniors Marielle Gardner and Maya Szafraniec defeated the parliamentary debate team from the University of Berkeley in a 2-1 decision to be crowned Tournament Champions!  While Junior Isabel Jeronimo and Freshman Ojaswi Sharma advanced to the Semi-Final round in their first tournament together.  At the end of preliminary rounds, the team of Jeronimo/Sharma were the top ranked team in the tournament while Gardner/Szafraniec were ranked number 2 in the tournament.  Due to their incredible records, both teams advanced through the first elimination round without having to debate!

In addition to the recognition as partners, the team continued their success by receiving individual accolades for their debating ability.  Jeronimo was the Top Speaker of the tournament, Gardner was the 2nd speaker, and Szafraniec was the 4th speaker!

 

The National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (NPTE) keeps a record of all Open Parliamentary Debate tournaments each week.  Points are assigned for each debate the students win.  Garner/Szafraniec are currently ranked 3rd in the nation and Jeronimo/Sharma are currently ranked 7th by the NPTE!  This is the first time that Saint Mary's College has had two teams in the top 10.  It is early in the season so we have to continue working diligently if we want to keep this up!

 

In the Novice Division: 

The team of Rita Anderson, Brett Austin, and Joshua Moore also advanced through the first elimination round without having to debate as the 4th seed.  They lost the Elite Eight round on a close 2-1 decision, exceeding expectations and ending their tournament run.  

 

In the Open Division of Policy Debate;

In a field of 15 teams from 8 schools, Sophomore Kathryn Magee and Senior Luke Perez ended their tournament without advancing to elimination rounds with loses only to the University of California, Berkeley and Fresno State. However, Senior Luke Perez won ninth speaker! 

 

This was Sharma, Austin, and Moore's first time attending a tournament with Saint Mary's and their success is an acknowledgement of the hard work and commitment to their growth.  If you have any students who you feel would also be amazing contributions to the team, please encourage them to contact me at this email or Forensics@StMarys-Ca.edu

 

The team's success comes on the back of the national season opener, the Georgia B. Bowman Invitational, hosted by William Jewel College in Liberty, Mo.  Gardner/Szafraniec were the sole team from Saint Mary's to attended and completed the tournament with a record of 3-4, losing their final round which would have propelled them into elimination rounds at, potentially, the most competitive tournament of the semester.  Both competitors attribute the experience they gained in Missouri to their success at the GGO.  

 

Our next tournament will be the Steve Hunt Classic at Lewis & Clark College October 12-15. 

 

Congratulations to all of our competitors!

Go Gaels!

 


Released February 6, 2017

Jeronimo/Szafraniec win Open Parli at Winter at the Beach

The Saint Mary’s Macken Debate and Speech team competed in parliamentary and policy debate at the California State University, Long Beach Winter at the Beach debate tournament February 2nd-4th winning the tournament on a unanimous decision!

The Open parliamentary debate team of Isabel Jeronimo and Maya Szafraniec completed the five round tournament with a record of 3 wins and 2 losses, setting them up for participation in the elimination rounds.  Jeronimo/Szafraniec competed in the first elimination round, the top-8 round, and defeated their opponent convincing all three judges to vote for them, advancing to the semi-final round.  Our debaters once again defeated their opponents, this time on a 2-1 decision, setting up the final round between Saint Mary’s College and BIOLA College. Jereonimo and Szafraniec won the round on a unanimous decision affirming the topic This House believes the fans should boycott the National Football League.

This is Saint Mary’s first Open parliamentary debate win this year and the second debate tournament victory of the season.  In November the policy debate team of Luke Perez and Kathryn Magee won the Junior-Varsity policy tournament at California State University, Northridge.  This was Perez/Magee’s first tournament competing in Open policy debate.  The students took some close losses but represented Saint Mary’s College well.

Patrick Cummings and Tom Muyunga-Mukasa, who competed in the Novice division of parliamentary debate, also attended the tournament.  Originally, the team was supposed to attend the tournament to get experience in speech events by observing but made the switch to competing in debate at the last minute.  After five rounds the students completed the tournament with one win but many valuable lessons learned. 

In early January the team also competed at three tournaments.  The Open parliamentary debate teams of Isabel Jeronimo and Elisa Rapadas and Maya Szafarniec and Marielle Gardner competed at the Mile High tournament hosted by the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Ut.  The tournament was a swing that allowed our teams to compete in two separate tournaments back-to-back.  At both halves of the tournament each team had a record of 3 wins and 2 losses and advanced to the first elimination round where they were defeated 2-1.  Advancing at both halves of this tournament is an exceptional feat and the students have worked exceptionally hard since then to improve.  Their effort has born fruit this weekend!

Our policy team competed at the final tournament of January, the California Swing hosted by the University of California at Berkeley, where they completed the tournament with a record of 3 wins and 3 losses, missing advancement to elimination rounds by less then .5 points. 

 

*Go Gaels*


 Released November 13, 2017

Saint Mary’s win JV Policy at CSU, Northridge

The Saint Mary's College Macken Debate and Speech team competed this weekend at California State University, Northridge for the Robert Barbera Forensics Invitational.  The team placed both in Policy and Parliamentary debate formats, winning Junior Varsity Policy and taking quarterfinalists in Open Parliamentary debate!

The Policy debate team of Luke Perez and Kathryn Magee completed the preliminary portion of the tournament as the 2nd seed with five wins and one loss making it to the top four in the tournament.  Perez/Magee won their semi-final round with a record of two votes for and one vote against, setting up a final round against the only team to defeat them in preliminary rounds.  They emerged victorious against the 1st seeded team from Cal State Fullerton 2-1 to win the tournament!  This is the first time Saint Mary's has won a Policy tournament, at any level of competition, in 50 years or more.

The Parliamentary debate team of Marielle Gardner and Maya Szafraniec completed preliminary rounds as the 5th seed in the tournament with a record of four wins and two losses.  Gardner/Szafraniec advanced to the Elite Eight in the tournament but were narrowly losing 2-1.  Gardner was the second speaker in the tournament and Szafraniec was the 10th speaker. 

We are excited to welcome our new competitor, Rita Anderson, who competed for the first time and with a partner from Fullerton Community College.  Anderson finished the competition by herself when her partner had to leave the tournament for personal reasons and still ended the tournament with a solid two wins.

Two weeks ago, the team competed at the UC Berkeley Golden Gate Invitational.  Both teams of Gardner/Szafraniec and Elisa Rapadas and Isabel Jeronimo completed the tournament with a record of two and four so this weekend was a great bounce back for our teams!

Lastly, please keep an eye out for information regarding a public debate event later this month where all members of campus are invited to watch a debate between the competitors on the team.  We are planning on hosting during community time on Wednesday, November 29th, pending final approvals. 

*Go Gaels*


Released September 25th, 2017

Saint Mary’s Sweeps Golden Gate Opener at SFSU

To Our Faculty, Staff & Supporters;

 

The Macken Debate and Speech team started the tournament season off strong with victories in parliamentary debate and two separate speech events.

San Francisco State University was kind enough to host competitors from as far as University of Texas at Austin.  The team’s tremendous performance culminated with a 3rd place overall 4-year university sweepstakes award for the tournament, signifying well-rounded success in the tournament. Our team of six competitors held our own against much larger squads, ending the tournament with fanfare while starting off the season with a bang.

In the Open division of parliamentary debate, juniors Maya Szafraniec and Marielle Gardner won four preliminary rounds for a winning record, garnering them a spot in the top 16 elimination round. The sophomore-junior partnership of Isabel Jeronimo and Elisa Rapadas had a strong showing in preliminary rounds, with a winning record of four wins and two losses, also winning them a spot in elimination rounds. Both teams achieved wins from their three judge panels, both advancing in the bracket to the Quarterfinal elimination round. Jeronimo and Rapadas were matched against the 6-0 top seed from University of the Pacific during the second elimination round, they were still strong contenders but were ultimately eliminated. Szafraniec and Gardner challenged a Santa Rosa Junior College team and picked up one winning ballot from the three-judge panel, but ultimately lost the round 2-1. With these victories, both Saint Mary’s partnerships were in the top 8 parliamentary teams in the tournament. The success does not end there: Jeronimo took second place speaker, Szafraniec took 4th speaker, and Gardner took 10th in Open Parliamentary Debate.

A special mention goes to junior-freshman partnership of Luke Perez and Kathryn Magee, who represented the Macken Debate & Speech Team’s in junior varsity Policy debate for the first time in decades. As the team primarily focused on one form of debate, parliamentary debate, Perez and Magee’s success represents a new expansion for the team. Although they did not make it to elimination rounds, they broke even with a record of 3-3 in a difficult junior varsity field.

In the team’s first foray into individual speech events in two years, Gardner, Szafraniec, and Rapadas saw great success in Novice Impromptu and Extemporaneous Speech. The Golden Gate Opener was also an Individual Event Speech swing tournament, with two separate speech tournaments taking place on Saturday and Sunday. During the first half of the tournament, all competitors ranked in the top 10 novice impromptu competitors, the largest event during the whole tournament. In Saturday’s extemporaneous speech rounds, Rapadas finished as a finalist, Szafraniec took second place, Gardner took first place in every round of the Saturday tournament, gaining the rare distinction of “picket fencing” and winning first place overall in extemporaneous speech. Sunday consisted entirely of speech, and Gardner, Szafraniec, and Rapadas repeated their tremendous performance during this half of the tournament on Sunday. Once again, all competitors competed in the final round of both impromptu and extemporaneous speech. In impromptu speech, Szafraniec took second, Gardner took third place, and Rapadas finished as a finalist. In extemporaneous speech for the second half of the tournament, Saint Mary’s closed out finals, with Rapadas winning first place, Szafraniec garnering second place, and Gardner winning third place.

*Go Gaels*


 Released March 28th, 2017

To Our Faculty, Staff & Supporters;

 

Last weekend we competed at the National Parliamentary Debate Association Championship Tournament hosted by Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO that was attended by 143 teams from over 40 schools spanning more than 10 states.  The team ended the season 33rd in the nation out of 179 schools competing in Parliamentary debate; the most successful season end ranking Saint Mary's has ever had.  This ranking is determined by the team's performance compared to other programs throughout the length of the season.

Saint Mary’s College sent four teams of Freshmen and Sophomores to participate at the competition.  Among those students, our school sent three true novices.  A true novice is a student who has had no previous experience in high school or college competitive debate prior to the start of the current competitive debate season. 

Sophomore Marielle Gardner won the Top Novice Speaker award, given to the highest ranked true novice. In addition, Sophomore Tianna Hansen won 4th place Novice Speaker.  After reviewing the records available on the team archives, this was the first time a student from Saint Mary’s College won the Top Novice award and the first time the college won two speaker awards in the same year.

Freshman Isabel Jeronimo and Sophomore Elisa Rapadas completed seven rounds with 4 wins and 3 losses heading into the eighth round; with a win here they would advance to elimination rounds, earning an award.  Matched against one half of last year’s Elite-Eight team, Jeronimo/Rapadas fell on a nail biter that came very close.  The pain of defeat filled their hearts, but the success of completing the tournament with a split record in their first year at nationals is deserving of our praise.  The other partnerships of the team each completed the tournament with a respectful two wins each.

The success at this tournament and throughout the year would not have been possible without the addition of our new coach Andrea Adams.  Her leadership and expertise allowed the team to compete at its full potential.  In addition to our regular coaching staff, coaches Miranda Rowley ‘16 and Sherris Minor aided the team. 

 


 Released November 7th, 2016

 

Macken Debate & Speech team competes in Policy debate for the first time in over 45 years  - Makes it to Semi-Finals and more!

The students of the Macken Debate and Speech team have done it again!  The team traveled to Los Angeles to compete at the California State University at Northridge Robert Barbera Invitational hosted by Dr. John Kephart III.  This tournament was special for the team because it was the first time in almost 50 years that the debate team competed in Policy debate. 

Policy Debate

The Novice team of Sophomores R. Heffernan and T. Hansen completed the tournament 4-2 and made it to the Semi-Final round in the tournament after winning Quarter-Finals 3-0.  The Junior Varsity team of Freshman C. Binley and Sophomore M. Szafraniec were pushed into the Open division competing against the best of the best who could be in their 8th year of Policy debate.  They completed the tournament with a record of 3-3.  Both of these successes are commendable and set the stage for great recruitment to Saint Mary’s in the future.

Traditionally, the team participates in Parliamentary debate but this was an opportunity for the students to compete in a high intensity environment where students are talking about the topic, “Resolved: The United States Federal Government should establish a domestic climate policy, including at least substantially increasing restrictions on private sector emissions of greenhouse gases in the United States.”  Students can amass enough research on the policy topic each year to write a Master’s Thesis. 

Parliamentary debate

At the same time, our Parliamentary debate teams were competing with their all in the Open division.  This was the first tournament the school has traveled two true Open teams to a tournament.  We brought two teams and both left without a losing record.  Sophomores M. Gardner and L. Perez ended the tournament with a prelim record of 4-2 and advanced to elimination rounds.  Their record earned them a win through the first elimination round and lost in the round of 16 to great competitors from the University of Utah who won the tournament.  E. Rapadas and I. Jeronimo completed the tournament with a record of 3-3.  They lost round 6, to Grand Canyon University who took 2nd in the tournament.  Winning this round would have allowed Rapadas and Jeronimo to advance to elimination rounds.

This was a great tournament for the team and it puts an exclamation point on the semester!  We are done competing until next semester but our students will still be hard at work preparing for then. 

 

Congratulations to the students and thank you to everyone for your support!

~Go Gaels!~


Released October 24, 2016

Macken Debate and Speech Team win the Jackpot at the Biggest Little City Classic

Congratulations to the Saint Mary’s Macken Debate and Speech team for their success at the Biggest Little City Classic hosted by Phil Sharp and the University of Nevada, Reno!  The team had an outstanding tournament that was beyond our greatest expectations.  

Over and above the amazing success on the individual level the team received honors for their cooperative effort including the University Overall Sweepstakes and the Overall Debate Sweepstakes.  With zero participation in speech events the team won the 2nd place University Overall Sweepstakes award and the 3rd place Debate Sweepstakes award.   The University Overall Sweepstakes awards are given to the teams representing four year universities and colleges who do the best in debate and speech events combined. The Overall Debate Sweepstakes award goes to the teams who rank the highest in Lincoln-Douglas and Parliamentary debate.  

These awards would not have been possible if it were not for the squad’s individual and team success in debate.  Saint Mary’s sent four students in Lincoln Douglas debate and four teams in Parliamentary debate with 75% of competitors advancing to elimination rounds.  

Lincoln Douglas Debate
M. Gardner won Lincoln Douglas Debate going undefeated in the tournament with a record for 13-0 winning the four rounds of preliminary rounds and then winning all four elimination rounds 3-0 in the Novice Division.  M. Szafraniec took 2nd place earning a record of 3-1 in preliminary rounds and advanced through both elimination rounds 3-0 to finals where she lost on a 2-1 decision in the Junior Division.  There were 11 competitors in the Junior-Varsity Division.

Parliamentary Debate
Helping in the charge for the sweepstakes awards all members on the team advanced to elimination rounds this weekend!  In the Junior Division of Parliamentary debate Szafraniec and her partner C. Binley took 2nd place on a 2-1 negating the topic “The United States Federal Government should replace current public assistance programs with a Universal Basic Income” after winning two elimination rounds to earn their spot in finals.  Also in the Junior Division, Gardner and her partner L. Perez were the 5-0 top seed of the tournament going undefeated until the Semi-final round where they lost 2-1.  The open team of E. Rapadas and I. Jeronimo won 3 round allowing them to compete in elimination rounds for the second time this season.  In a close round, the partners lost in the first debate of single elimination rounds.  The team of R. Heffernan and T. Hansen won 3 rounds in the Junior-Varsity Division qualifying them to advance to elimination rounds where they were also defeated in the first round even though they were supposed to be competing in the Novice Division.  

In addition to team awards, many students also won speaker awards recognizing their individual performance in parliamentary debate.  Szafraniec lead the team taking 2nd place speaker in the Junior-Varsity division.  Binley also earned the 10th place speaker in the Junior-Varsity division.  In the Open division Jeronimo earned 8th place speaker.  There were 22 teams in the Open Division of parliamentary debate with 44 eligible speakers.  There were 16 teams in the Junior-Varsity Division and 32 eligible speakers.  The Novice Division was combined with the Junior Division which caused Heffernan and Hansen to compete in Junior-Varsity instead of novice.

A New Force
This success would not have been possible if it were not for the team’s new assistant coach Andrea Adams.  Helping the squad in her second tournament with the school Adam’s leadership and knowledge have proven her to be an indispensable part of the team.  Her skills and experience in evidence based debate and extemporaneous models were vital in helping prepare the competitors for success in both Lincoln-Douglas debate and Parliamentary debate.  Adams was also vital in our success at San Francisco State University last month.

 

The team travels again in two weeks competing at California State University, Northridge November 4th through November 6th.

 

*Go Gaels*


Released October 10, 2016

Gardner & Perez advance at Lewis and Clark

The Saint Mary’s College Macken Debate & Speech team participated at the Steve Hunt Invitational hosted by Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.  After the 12 hour trek to Portland the team tested their skills against some of the best in the country competing in Parliamentary debate with one team in the Varsity division and another in JV.  Attended by institutions such as the Rice, Texas Tech University, U.C. Berkeley, University of Oregon, and the University of Washington this was many of the student’s first foray into national level competition.

The sophomore duo of Marielle Gardner and Luke Perez once again made their mark.  After 6 rounds of competition they finished the tournament with a record of 4 wins and 2 loses allowing them to compete in the single-elimination rounds to determine the tournament winner.  Being among the top teams the competitors debated in a partial-octofinal round losing to Rice University who took 2nd in the tournament while affirming the topic “The European Union should grant Turkish citizens visa-free travel within the Schengen zone.”  The Varsity team of Freshman Isabel Jeronimo and Sophomore Elisa Rapadas matched last year’s record for Rapadas when she was with Samantha Edmondo (C/o 16) showing major improvement in both competitors.

The team travels again in two weeks competing at the University of Nevada at Reno October 21st through the 23rd.

 

*Go Gaels*


Released September 25, 2016

Gardner & Perez take 2nd at the Golden Gate Season Opener

The Saint Mary’s College Macken Debate & Speech team participated at the Golden Gate Season Opener hosted by San Francisco State University.  Ringing in the 2016-2017 season with a team full of new faces the competitors participated in both Parliamentary debate on Friday & Saturday and Lincoln Douglas debate on Sunday.  Attended by institutions such as U.C. Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, the University of the Pacific, and as far away as the University of Nevada at Reno this tournament serves to be the season opener for the regions best and brightest. 

Leading the charge were Sophomores Marielle Gardner and Luke Perez who competed in the novice division alongside Freshmen Caroline Binley and Emily Leader.  Gardner & Perez ended preliminary rounds with a record of 6-0 earning the Top Seed in the tournament.  Both team’s performance earned them a pass through the first elimination round into quarter finals where Binley & Leader exited the tournament   Gardner & Perez won both quarter finals and semi-finals earning them a place in finals, racking up a total vote count of 15-0.  The partnership took 2nd place on a close 3-2 decision defending the topic, The United States federal government should end arms sales to IsraelBinley & Leader who were competing at their first tournament joining the team this month ended preliminary competition with the 6th Seed in the bracket with a preliminary round record of 4-2

In her first tournament ever, Gardner earned the Top Speaker in novice parliamentary debate and Perez won 9th Speaker.  Speaker Awards are determined by the score judges give individual speakers for their performance in the debate regardless of winning or losing.

Congratulations are deserved for the Junior Varsity (JV) team of Sophomore Elisa Rapadas and Freshman Isabel Jeronimo.   In her first tournament, Jeronimo was entered into the Varsity division of competition with second year member Rapadas debating against even seniors and 5th year seniors from institutions around the area.  Rapadas & Jeronimo finished preliminary rounds at 3-3 earning themselves a place in the first round of single elimination debates and the top 13 teams in the tournament

As a result of moving into the open division and qualifying for elimination rounds in varsity they were disqualified from participating in the JV play-offs; a smaller breakout division for less experienced debaters that were pushed into Varsity like ours.  However, they were eligible for recognition in the JV division as individual speakers.  Jeronimo earned a 2nd place speaker award in the JV division and Rapadas earned 3rd place speaker award.  In an unexpected surprise, Jeronimo also received the 9th place speaker award in the Varsity division of parliamentary debate.

Sunday marked the beginning of Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate, a one-vs-one debate event where the topic rotates each year.  This year the students will debate The United States federal government should substantially reduce the role of the US Southern Command in Latin America.  Six students competed in Saint Mary’s return to LD debate with 3 in varsity and 3 in novice.  For the second time this weekend Gardner advanced to the elimination rounds as the Top Seed this time with a record of 4-0 advancing through the first elimination round without competing.  After winning the quarterfinal round Gardner had won all 10 ballots and advanced to the semifinal round where she lost 2-1 to the finalist from California State University, Sacramento.The novice division of NPDA debate was 19 teams and the varsity division was comprised of 18 teams combined with 8 from JV to total 26.  LD was comprised of 30 novice competitors and 32 in varsity making this one of the largest tournaments in a while.


Released March 26th, 2016

SMC Debate is top 32 in the Nation!

Last weekend, Rowley and Terlaje competed at the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) 2016 National Championship.  This tournament was the largest nationals I have attended with 164 teams competing.  For the first time in 8 years over 64 teams made the cut with a winning record at the end of 8 rounds allowing the tournament to advance teams to elimination rounds beginning with a partial quadruple-octofinals round and continued for a total of 7 possible rounds of elimination debates.  Carmen and Miranda were the 9th seed and made it through quadruple-octofinals without competing because of their successful record.  In triple-octofinals, for the first time in school history a Saint Mary’s College debate team won an elimination round at NPDA!  By winning their debate in the round of 64 they advanced to the round of 32 where they lost on a 2-1 decision.  The debate was over the role of censorship in academic debate and the need to talk about things like sexual assault.  In a crushing plot-twist, two judges decided that Carmen and Miranda’s argument should be censored.  Additionally, Miranda Rowley received further recognition when she won the 15th speaker award for the tournament out of 328 competitors.  This was the first time a competitor from Saint Mary’s College won a speaker award for nationals in the open division.

While competing at the National Championship tournament Carmen also participated in a public demonstration debate against the reigning Irish National Champions for her fellow competitors to watch.  This was another first for Saint Mary's College as no other student had previously been selected for this opportunity.  She was one of three debaters chosen from schools in America to represent our organization against the best Irish team and the top speaker from this year’s Irish Times National Debate Tournament.  The topic the Americans were chosen to defend was: This house believes that a world led by and governed by women would be a more peaceful world.

Rowley and Terlaje received a First-Round invitation to and competed at the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (NPTE) as the 30th seed overall, out of 58 teams.  The NPTE is the debate equivalent of the NCAA basketball tournament.  This is the third year in a row and in school history Saint Mary’s had qualified a team while it was Carmen and Miranda’s second time competing at the tournament. 


Released February 22nd, 2016

Debate team sees progress at Winter tournament and Spring Champs 

After preparing over Christmas break and competing in the first week of Jan term, the Macken Debate team excelled at the Mile High tournament hosted at the University of Utah. The Mile High swing, a competition comprised of two different consecutive tournaments in the same weekend with that simulate the NPTE’s and NPDA’s national tournaments, is the single most grueling contest of the year with a possible 22 debates over 3 days.

During the first half of the tournament, out of 88 teams 18th place speaker Carmen Terlaje and 19th place speaker Miranda Rowley were the 9th seed overall and were defeated in the second elimination round, advancing without debating in the first elimination round because of their successful preliminary performance.  

The second half of the tournament was just as competitive for Seniors Terlaje and Rowley where they advanced to the first elimination round and won before they were once again knocked out in the second elimination round. This was an amazing success for the debaters as this prepares them for what to expect at our national tournaments.  As of now, Terlaje and Rowley are currently ranked 32nd from 716 ranked teams and hundreds of unranked teams.

This weekend, the Junior-Varsity members of the team competed at the Northern California Forensics Association Spring Championship tournament.  The team of Junior Andrei Satchalin and Freshman Maya Szafraniec advanced to the first elimination round where they were defeated in a close 2-1 decision.  This was their third tournament together and second time advancing to elimination rounds.


Released November 9nd, 2015

SMC Takes First Place Small School Sweepstakes  

After three days and over 41 hours of tournament competition the Pat Kennedy Memorial Invitational, hosted by the University of the Pacific, has come to its' completion where the competitors of the Macken Debate & Speech team won the First Place Sweepstakes award for Small Schools.  For the second year in a row this was the largest tournament of the Fall 2015 Semester with over 100 competitors representing 35 schools from 8 states.

Newcomer and Freshman Maya Szafraniec helped to lead the team by winning 2nd place speaker in the JV division joining her partner Junior Andrei Satchalin who took 9th place speaker.  While in her first collegiate tournament the partnership advanced to elimination rounds as the 5th seed earning them a free win in Octofinals.  After a great start and a chance to debate in the elite eight Szafraniec and Satchalin were defeated 2-1

Seniors Carmen Terlaje and Miranda Rowley continued their streak of advancing to elimination rounds at tournaments to four for the year.  Terlaje and Rowley made it to the sweet 16 where they lost 2-1 adding this tournament to their streak from last year.  They have advanced to elimination rounds for the 13th consecutive time in two years, including 2 different annual national tournaments. Their success at this tournament completes the qualification process for a First Round Bid to the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (NPTE), the invitation only national tournament, signifying their stature at the top of national competition while punctuating their rank of 20th in the nation.
The Senior/Freshman team of Samantha Edmondo and Elisa Rapadas also advanced to elimination rounds with a record of 4-2.  Edmondo and Rapadas faced excellent competition helping to land them in the round of 32 where they did not advance

 


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 20, 2014

Edmondo Takes 1st at University of Nevada, Reno

 

At the inaugural Biggest Little City tournament hosted by University of Nevada Reno this weekend, SMC's Samantha Edmondo earned the 1st place award for senior-level parliamentary debate speaker in a field of 72 participants, beating out speakers from schools including U.C. Berkeley, Pacific, and UNR. 

 

Also earning awards:

Samantha Edmondo & Jon Gumz, quarter-finalists in senior parlimentary debate (out of 36)

Miranda Rowley & Carmen Terlaje, octo-finalists in senior parliamentary debate

Miranda Rowley, 4th place senior-level 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.