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Debate Team Finishes High in PKD Tournament
April 17, 2018

A pair of Walters State Debaters advanced to the final 16 in the parliamentary open division at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament held in March at Tennessee State University in Nashville. 

Graham Christophel and Jake Muscari advanced past the preliminary rounds before losing a 2-1 decision to Simmons College of Iowa. Walters State faced competitors from seven of the nation’s best debate programs from four-year colleges and universities. The national tournament included over 80 teams for 24 states.
 
“While our primary focus is providing opportunities for students to learn debate and compete in our own state and region, the chance to attend a national tournament so near to us was quite a reward for our hard-working team,” said Walters State’s debate coach Robert E. Pratt, II who also teaches speech and debate at the college.
 
“While we were excited to see Graham and Jake continue to excel, we were also thrilled to see one of our debate graduates from last year, Joshua Hendricks, win a share of the national championship in IPDA one-on-one debate. He is now competing at Middle Tennessee State University,” Pratt also said.

Walters State has had a school-record 28 debaters compete in at least one of the college’s six tournaments so far this year.  All Walters State students are welcome to become part of the team. The vast majority of those who’ve competed for the college this year have no high-school debate experience.