ISU Bengal Debater Mike Chen has added another first place win to his impressive intercollegiate debate resume. Chen argued in the final round to a 5-0 victory.
Members of the squad participated in the all-online "Climb the Mountain" debate tournament Saturday. Bengal debaters faced competitors from UW-Bothel, Montana, and Utah State.
In addition to Chen's 1st place win, he was awarded top speaker points by the tournament for the Open Division. That honor was mirrored by ISU's Sydnee Harris who earned top-honors for speaking points in the Novice Division. Bengal debaters Jack Bradley and Michael Mares received honorable mentions in the speaking points category as well.
Today's tournament was an International Public Debate Association tournament. Unique to the IPDA style is the topic draw, where competitors each "strike" [eliminate] two potential topics from a list of five options until one remains to begin each head-to-head contest.
Congratulations to the Idaho State Squad.