SMC's Debate Team Scores Big At University of the Pacific Competition

Erika Reames, Kaitlin Kellogg, Noah O'Connor, Ana Diaz, Shannon Daley, and Maggie Powers Saint Mary's Macken Debate and Speech students came home victorious after beating out 36 other colleges and universities at the national Paul Winters Invitational hosted by University of the Pacific on November 5-7. Novice debate team Maggie Powers '14 and Shannon Daley '14 beat out 43 other teams to take first place. "Maggie and I made sure to keep focusing on the round in front of us", Daley commented on the drive needed in the competition. The duo went on to score an impressive win in the final round against UoP with a 3-0 decision, successfully affirming the resolution "China should float the Yuan."

Following their win, Powers beat out 86 students to win the novice debate speaker division with Daley coming in second. Powers also was a semifinalist in the novice Extemporaneous speaking division. "I am pleased, of course, but I am not surprised," Debate Coach Cathy Glenn said.

Daley is an international area studies and politics major and competes primarily in parliamentary debate and extemporaneous speaking. Powers is a history major and competes in parliamentary debate, extemporaneous, and impromptu speaking. The team has advanced to the elimination rounds in 3 of the 4 competitions they have attended this semester, which will allow them to move from the novice division to the junior division. "The whole experience was about the team," said Daley "From the practicing beforehand, to the prepping for each round, to watching our last 2 rounds, to sharing the win."

Saint Mary's has three debate teams consisting of six students. "We've got a great team captain, and an incredibly talented group of freshman who all work hard and love pushing themselves intellectually," said Glenn. The students will compete in a total of 9 tournaments by the end of their competitive season in March.

Paul Winters Invitational Awards:

Maggie Powers/Shannon Daley:1st place novice debate (out of 43 teams)
Kaitlin Kellogg/Erika Reames:Octo-finalists in novice debate (out of 43 teams)
Ana Diaz/Noah O'Connor: Double octo-finalists 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

Click here for more information about Saint Mary's Macken Debate and Speech Team.

Kelly Fisher
College Communications