The Barton Community College Forensics Team had a busy and successful fall semester traveling far and wide from Manhattan, Kan., to Lawton, Okla., Hastings, Neb., and beyond for 18 debate and speech contests.
Every competing member of Barton’s team received trophies in the Barton/Hutchinson Forensics Rodeo tournament on Barton’s campus Nov. 5-7. On the parliamentary debate team, freshman Corrie Henderson, Nickerson, and sophomore Brandi Moral, Ulysses, were novice debate champions. This garnered Barton first place in community college debate team sweepstakes and second place in overall debate sweepstakes. Individually, Henderson was the second-place parliamentary debate speaker and Moral became the third-place speaker.
Competing in speech the same weekend were sophomore Amanda Cargile, Abilene, placing fifth in Poetry Interpretation; freshman Danielle Steele, Wichita, placing sixth in Poetry Interpretation; and Moral placing seventh in Impromptu Speaking. Overall, Barton placed second in combined community college speech and debate team sweepstakes for the weekend.
At the Nebraska College Forensics Alumni Tournaments at Hastings College on Nov. 20 and 21, Henderson and freshman Alexa Shoaff, Hays, placed fifth in Duo Interpretation in both Saturday and Sunday tournaments.
Finally, at the Cameron Christmas Classic Parliamentary Debate tournament Dec. 3 and 4 in Lawton, Okla., with more than 20 schools in attendance, Henderson paired with Angel West of Hutchinson Community College, to reach the Semi-Finals of Junior Varsity Parliamentary Debate.
The team began its spring season the final weekend of January traveling to Hutchinson and Cheyenne, Wyo., with the goal of reaching nationals in Kearney, Neb., in April.