An update from Steven Kalani Farias, Associate Director of Forensics
While travel makes some teams weary, Pacific Forensics has experienced nationwide success and surprise during the Fall semester. Over the past five weeks, the speech and debate team has traveled to tournaments in Missouri, the Bay Area, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Nevada and competed against the best teams in the nation. The entire team’s hard work and commitment have earned national recognition. In particular, the parliamentary debate teams of Katherine Earley and Reed Ramsey along with Jonathan Bruce and Evan Haynes have earned the prestigious distinction of being ranked 7th and 11th, respectively, out of 264 total teams in the initial 2015 National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence Rankings. These rankings cap an exciting start to the team’s season.
Through the first five tournaments of the season, Pacific Forensics has set five different personal records already. At the season opening tournament hosted by William Jewell College, 20 schools and 50 teams travelled to Liberty, Missouri to compete in parliamentary debate. Pacific finished fourth overall, a personal record for the team and the team’s overall success was highlighted by the individual successes of Ramsey and Earley who finished as Octofinalists along with Bruce and Haynes who finished as Quarterfinalists, the furthest any Pacific team has made at this tournament.
The following weekend, at the regional opener hosted by San Francisco State University, Pacific continued its success by taking third overall as a squad. In parliamentary debate, the team’s success was highlighted once again by the teams of Ramsey/ Earley and Bruce/Haynes who flipped-flopped and finished as Quarterfinalists and Octofinalists, respectively. The Novice team of Oula Miqbel and Charlotte Harris also finished as Octofinalists. Outside of parliamentary debate, the team also experienced much success in terms of individual speaking events as well. In Lincoln-Douglas debate, Earley finished as a Quarterfinliast and Ramsey was tournament Champion! Not to be out done, Freshman Natalie Marr surprised everyone and finished as the Top Persuasive Speaker at the tournament!
At the third and fourth tournaments of the season, the team traveled to tournaments they had never competed at before. First, they traveled all the way to Easton, Pennsylvania to compete at The Ocho, a Lincoln-Douglas only tournament hosted by Lafayette College. The team’s success at the most competitive Lincoln-Douglas tournament of the Fall semester was bolstered by Ramsey’s Octofinals appearance and Bruce’s Quarterfinals appearance, as Pacific once again took third place overall at the tournament. The next weekend, the team traveled to Portland Oregon for The Steve Hunt Classic hosted by Lewis and Clark College. Finishing eighth overall out of 56 schools, the squad’s success was buoyed by an Octofinals appearance once again by Ramsey and Earley along with various Individual Events success from multiple competitors. Specifically, transfer students Sarah Kellner, Sierra Gonzalez, and Oula Miqbel placed in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in multiple events to lead the team in Individual Events awards.
Finally, the team recently traveled to Reno, Nevada for the inaugural Biggest Little City Classic hosted by University of Nevada, Reno. At the tournament, the team as a whole experienced their highest level of success. Taking First in University Sweepstakes and First in Debate Sweepstakes, the entire squad’s excellence shone. Taking first, second, third, and fifth, and sixth in Lincoln Douglas Debate were Bruce, Earley, Ramsey, Haynes, and Miqbel. Taking second in Persuasive Speaking was Marr, and taking second in Impromptu Speaking was Bruce. Finally, Earley and Ramsey completed the fantastic showing with a Second Place in Parliamentary Debate. It has been an excellent start to the season. Up next: Pacific will host and compete in the 10th Annual Pat Kennedy Round Robin and Paul Winters Invitational.