UW Bothell Debate Society falls short at championship tournament

By Clarrie Ng

On March 2-3, the University of Washington Bothell Debate Society hosted the Junior and Novice Division National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) championship tournament, featuring over 70 students from seven institutions. The competing schools included Bellevue College, Pacific Lutheran University, St. Mary’s College of California, University of Oregon, University of Washington Bothell, University of Puget Sound and Whitman College.

Whitman College took the lead, earning first and second place in the Novice Division, while University of Puget Sound took first in the Junior Division.

UW Bothell was unable to advance to the semi-finals. Despite their loss, it was a close fight.

On Feb. 18 and Feb. 19, University of Washington Bothell closed out finals in the Junior Division tournament hosted by Whitman. Both of the teams to advance to the Junior Division finals were from UW Bothell.

It was a major achievement considering how new the UW Debate Society is.

“The University of Washington Bothell has a close, competitive relationship with Whitman College,” Denise Vaughan, one of UW Bothell’s Debate Society advisers, said.  “[Whitman’s] program has been instrumental in the founding of our program and we have developed a competitive but highly collegial relationship.”

Despite being in their inaugural year, the UW Bothell Debate Society has achieved major accomplishments, including ranking highly among their competitors and earning regional recognition. By hosting the championship tournament for the first time, it is indeed an indication of UW Bothell’s achievements.

“University of Washington Bothell is a new program and will continue to grow in the coming years. Our competitors are exceptional.  Their knowledge base and ability to respond to pressure is amazing,” Vaughan said.  “Our program needs to continue to grow to meet the needs of a larger number of students and to allow our program to grow in depth.”

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