|Mike Chen holding the gavel he received to recognize his 4th place speaker award.|
POCATELLO—Members of Idaho State University’s James M. and Sharon E. Rupp Debate Society competed at the Fran-Tanner Invitational debate tournament on Sept. 25-26 at the
of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. ISU Junior Mike Chen won the
fourth-ranked individual speaker award in the International Public Debate Association
(IPDA) event, which included awards for the top 10 speakers. Overall, there
were 50 debate entries in three divisions at the tournament.
|Aurora Zantman and Karen Lei competiting |
in British Parliamentary Debate.
Universities and colleges from
Idaho and Utah
participated in the annual, early-season tournament. Other participating team
members included: Sophomores Aurora Zantman (Boise, Idaho) and Karen Lei (Chubbuck,
Idaho) in British Parliamentary debate, and Freshman Jack Bradley (Pocatello,
Idaho) in IPDA.
“I've been doing debate for over 7 years of my life, so I was ecstatic to hear that I could continue it here at Idaho State University,” said Chen, a transfer student who recently joined the team. “I loved participating at the tournament. It reminded me why I loved debate in the first place.”
|Jack Bradley preparing to debate.|
“Mike is an excellent debater and a strong team player. We thought it would be a rebuilding year after our seniors graduated. But, we’re off to a great start. I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of this year’s competition brings,” said Rupp Debate Team Director Sarah Partlow Lefevre.
The James M. and Sharon E. Rupp Debate Society is housed in the Department of Communication, Media, and Persuasion in the
of Arts and Letters at . To learn more
about the Rupp Debate Team, visit its blog at http://idahostatedebate.blogspot.com/,
or find the team on facebook at http://tinyurl.com/ruppdebate.
ISU students who have questions about the team, or are interested in joining,
should contact Partlow Lefevre at email@example.com.