WSU Vancouver Debate Club competes at national level

VANCOUVER– Washington State University Vancouver’s new speech and debate team competed in its first tournament Nov. 3 and 4 at the 34th annual Lower Columbia College Speech and Debate Tournament in Longview, Wash. The team was one of more than 75 teams. There were 220 students representing 19 schools from California, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Mississippi and Idaho.

Representing WSU Vancouver was junior Anna Patterson and senior Kristin Guttormsen. Patterson, a psychology and criminal justice student, competed in three individual events, bringing home a finalist award in editorial commentary and a third place award in impromptu speaking.

Both students placed in the top ten speakers for debate, competing against some of the top teams in the nation. Patterson, who formerly competed on the LCC team, placed fourth and Guttormsen, a history and political science student, placed sixth.

“WSU Vancouver is now firmly on the map in the speech and debate community,” said Kerrie Hughes, team coach.

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