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BCC debate and forensics student shines at national tournament

Chase Pumford of Great Bend poses for a photo in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

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Barton Community College debate and forensics competitor Chase Pumford of Great Bend was crowned the JV National Champion in “Persuasive Speaking,” at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Hutchinson March 14-16.

The JV team was crowned the National Tournament Division III Champion.  Pumford’s sole teammate, Lydia Webster of Scott City, competed in persuasive and informative speaking and poetry interpretation.  Pumford also competed in dramatic interpretation, poetry interpretation and debate.  Between the two of them, they accumulated enough points to win.

Pumford was also the recipient of the “Warren-Dahlin Student Fellowship Award from the Phi Rho Pi National Forensic ...

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