Debate Team Earns 7th Place Showing in National Tournament, Keeps 10-Year Streak Alive
April 26, 2007
The Saint Anselm College Debate Team earned a seventh place showing out of 23 schools at this year’s Lincoln Douglas Debate held during the National Forensic Tournament, April 19-23, at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia.
All told, 575 students from 80 schools from across the nation participated in the tournament, which included multiple events in addition to the Lincoln Douglas Debate.
Saint Anselm sophomore Daniel Scholfield (Albuquerque, N.M.) was the third seed after the six preliminary rounds out of 110 debaters, before losing in the octafinals (round of 16). For his efforts, Scholfield was also awarded a ninth place speaker award. Speaker awards are based on speaker points, while the overall seeding is based on wins and losses.
After reaching the round of 32, Scolfield defeated Joyce Meng from the University of Pennsylvania. Then in the round of 16, he lost on a 3-0 decision to Joel Heschmeyer of Washburn University, in Topeka, Kansas.
Saint Anselm College has had at least one debater reach the round of 32 for the past 10 years — an impressive accomplishment.
The other debaters representing Saint Anselm included Ryan Ollis ’08, Michael Pirrello ’07, and Nicole Thorspecken ’09. Given the team’s great showing, they are very excited as they look ahead to next year.
The team was accompanied by alumna Jessica Foster ’06, who assisted with judging at the tournament. Foster is a legal assistant in Boston at a patents law firm and spent the whole week with the team.
Saint Anselm Debate Coach Dave Trumble, in addition to coaching his team to another great showing, was one of five judges for the final round panel, which judged a 3-2 decision for Creighton University over Western Kentucky University.
Photo: Saint Anselm Debate Team (L to R): Daniel Scholfield ‘09, Michael Pirrello ‘07, Jessica Foster ‘06 (aluma assistant), Dave Trumble (coach), Nikki Thorspecken ‘09, and Ryan Ollis ‘08
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