Speech & Debate Ranked 9th in Country
Pacific debaters have competed in two national championship tournaments at Western Washington University (March 16-25, 2012). Over the two competitions, Pacific has accomplished its best overall finish since 2009 and its best individual finish in two years. Of particular note is the team of Pacific HR (Emma Henry and Mark Rauschmayer) , which tied for 9th (Octofinalist) out of 163 teams in the NPDA (National Parliamentary Debate Association) Nationals AND finished 20th out of the best 64 teams in the nation at the NPTE (National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence) National Championships.
Pacific did very well this year because we took three teams and they all advanced to the elimination rounds. Pacific BiBi (Richard Birlew & Robert Birlew) advanced to the Double-Octofinal found (Top 32 teams) and Pacific BiBu (James Birlew & Lance Bubak) advanced to the Triple Octofinal Round (Top 64 teams). This is an AMAZING accomplishment and puts Pacific at the top of the nation in both school and individual team accomplishments.