NNU Speech and Debate Team Shines at National Tournament

NNU Speech and Debate Team Shines at National Tournament

Northwest Nazarene University
Mar 22, 2021
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Six masked students and their coach pose in front of the library

This past weekend, the NNU Speech and Debate team competed at the Pi Kappa Delta National Forensics tournament. One NNU student walked away with a national championship title and two others finished in the top ten nationally in their respective events. The team finished 23rd overall out of 79 teams.

“Our strong showing on the national stage demonstrates the strength of our program and the incredible quality of our competitors. Unlike sports, all-sized schools compete in the same division,” Coach Brooke Adamson said. “This weekend, our team of only six experienced great success and we are so proud of them.”

Senior Kedrick Glinski topped 128 other competitors to finish the tournament as national champion in Interviewing. Senior Aliya Hartney broke into quarter-final rounds in JV International Public Debate Association (IPDA) debate and received recognition with an overall 6th place finish as National IPDA JV Speaker. Hartney also finished as a quarter-finalist in Varsity Informative Speaking.  Sophomore Savannah Wakeman ended up 10th in Impromptu Speaking, finishing ahead of 135 other competitors.

The team who qualified and competed at nationals included Chloe Bowen, Hannah George, Kedrick Glinski, Aliya Hartney, Sean Killackey and Savannah Wakeman, and was coached by Brooke Adamson and Carly Bartlett.