Speech Activities at the 2017 Convention
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Posted by: Christina Yoshimura
By Jason Jordan, Speech Activities Coordinator
Over course of the 2017 WSCA Convention undergraduate forensic competitors representing 13 schools hailing from 7 states competed in 14 divisions of speech and debate at the University of Utah.
This year’s tournament offered competition in two formats of debate. In the IPDA debate tournament, Casper College accomplished the impressive feat of ‘closing out’ the tournament, meaning that the final two remaining competitors were both from Casper, and were recognized as co-champions. In the parliamentary debate tournament, the field of over 50 debaters was narrowed down to a final debate between the hometown favorites from the University of Utah and the debating wolf pack from the University of Nevada-Reno. After a close final round debate, the tournament championship in parliamentary debate was awarded to the University of Utah.
In addition to debate events, this year’s tournament also offered competition in 11 individual speaking events. Students representing these events were won by students representing many of the schools in attendance, including: Casper College, Cal State Long Beach, College of Southern Idaho, Northwest College, San Diego State University, The University of Utah, and Western Wyoming Community College.
Additionally, sweepstakes trophies were handed out for the schools that earned the most overall points during the tournament. This year’s top 4 year squad was the University of Utah. And, the top 2 year school at this year’s Western States tournament was Casper College.
Finally, the WSCA tournament awards the “Best in the West” trophy to the team that has had the highest level of competitive success throughout the year, determined by totaling up results from all of the tournaments from September through February. This year’s winner of the Best in the West trophy was our host, The University of Utah.
We want to thank all of the students and coaches who competed over the weekend, and we look forward to hosting you all again next year at Santa Clara University.