Monday, October 9, 2017

Idaho State Debater Cameo Curnutt Takes Second Place in Climb Online Debate Tournament

Debate Team Members, Spring 2017
On October 9th, Idaho State debaters competed in their first Climb online IPDA tournament of the 2017-2018 academic. Due to illness, the team dropped from their original 8 entries to 6.  4 in open and 2 in Novice. Open entries included: Connor Coutts, Michael Mares, Remington Grunewald, & Alexander Vail. Novice entries included Cameo Curnutt & Shelley Zimmerman.   

Cameo Curnutt placed second overall in the novice division based on her competitive record, winning 66% of her debates. Shelley Zimmerman, debating in competition for the first time, was recognized for her excellent presentation and speaking skills as the second place speaker in the novice division.  

In open, Alexander Vail made his debut in intercollegiate debate and was recognized as the 4th place speaker in the division.  Remington Grunewald, who is new to the team this year and previously debated at College of Western Idaho, was recognized as the 5th best speaker in the open division. Additionally, Connor Coutts placed 6th overall in Open.  

Thanks to all the Bengals who participated this weekend.  The online debates are a fun competition and provide great practice for live, in-person tournaments.  The team will be competing again this weekend at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Cameo Curnutt
Remington Grunewald