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.

For more information about WSU Vancouver, visit

Next Story

Recent News

Sweat health monitor measures levels of disease markers

A 3D-printed, wearable health monitor developed by WSU researchers was shown to reliably measure levels of important biochemicals in sweat during physical exercise.

Remembering our history this Juneteenth

WSU System President Kirk Schulz shares a message reminding everyone of the significance and importance of Juneteenth, and the enduring fight for equality that continues today.

Regents approve biennial operating budget request

At a special online meeting on June 17, the WSU Board of Regents approved four action items, including the university’s 2025–27 Biennial Operating Budget Request from the state.

Hot but not bothered

WSU’s new Perennial Grass Breeding and Ecology Farm is developing resilient combinations of grasses that could better withstand hot temperatures.