Despite fielding one of its most inexperienced parliamentary debate teams in recent years, Tech opened its season with a championship win in the novice division at the Missouri Mule Classic hosted by the University of Central Missouri.
Tech was represented by Michael Allinson, Jasmine Balch, Megan Brown, Rowdy Douillard, Seth Fendley, Chelsea Kennedy, Julie Paladino and Braden Vaughn. Tech finished the preliminaries with wins over opponents that included Belmont, McKendree, St. Louis and Valdosta. The overall team winning percentage in the preliminaries was its best in two years.
Tech placed an unprecedented three teams in the quarterfinals and two in the semifinals. After eliminating Tech teams in the quarters and semis, Webster University was stopped by Brown and Fendley in the finals by a 3-0 decision, thus securing the championship for Arkansas Tech.
Contact: Thomas Vaughn, Speech Theatre and Journalism