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Freshmen Take National Debate Honors

March 20, 2012

Laurie Morrissey
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-6047

Two freshman members of the Saint Anselm College Debate Society placed well in the Pi Kappa Delta National Competition in Kansas City last weekend. Pi Kappa Delta is an honorary society for forensics competitors at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Katherine Muzzy (American studies) and Kevin Lacourse (politics) competed in the Junior Varsity Division. Muzzy won second place speaker and Lacourse was third place overall debater in Junior Varsity.

In February, Muzzy also reached the final round of the New England Regional Championships.

"I was really proud of them both. It was an excellent finish to the competitive part of the year," says David Trumble, the team's coach.

The college's debate team was started in 1948 and typically brings home plaques and trophies from their travels to national tournaments. Depending on the topic selected by the National Forensic Association, they present arguments on subjects such as foreign policy, criminal justice, the environment, or civil rights.

This year, the team debated U.S. trade policy with China. Muzzy's affirmative case dealt with trade sanctions for endangered species. Lacourse's affirmative case dealt with the trade in Chinese antiquities.

Now that the 2011-2012 competition is finished, the team is beginning to prepare for next year's topic: agriculture policy.