Debate Team Takes Third at Host TournamentPaul Winters Invitational is one of the largest debate tournaments in the country
University of the Pacific's Speech and Debate Team, founded in 1854, is one of the oldest and most award-winning teams in California. The prestigious team currently has members ranked 5th and 23rd in the National Parliamentary Debate Association.
This past weekend (Nov. 4-6), Pacific Speech and Debate hosted the largest forensics tournament in the country outside of a national championship. The Paul Winters Invitational took place on Pacific's Stockton campus and involved 131 debate teams from 41 schools.
Pacific student Angelina Norwood took first and second in the After-Dinner Speaking competition, Josh Rayburn was first or second in THREE events, and all four debate teams competed in the elimination rounds with Emma Henry placing 20th speaker out of 122 debaters, and Lance Bubak fighting his way through to the quarterfinal round in the Lincoln-Douglas debate!
At the end of the weekend, Pacific did very, very well. Since Pacific organized and hosted the tournament, the University does not formally award Pacific teams a sweepstakes trophy as is tradition. But if Pacific's speech and debate students were to be recognized with an award, they would have placed third overall for the entire weekend. This is an amazing accomplishment for the students given that most of their coaching staff was involved in running the tournament!
The Paul Winters Invitational is named after a former Director of Forensics from Pacific, Dr. Paul Winters, who coached Dr. Jon Schamber (Professor, Communication) who in turn coached Dr. Bates (current Director of Forensics at Pacific).
To read a recent profile on the team click here.