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Franklin Debating Society Wins Holiday Tournament

Nov 06, 2017


CFA holiday debateOn December 1-2, 2017, members of the Randolph-Macon College Franklin Debating Society competed against 12 other schools in the Collegiate Forensic Association's Holiday Tournament at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia. R-MC won the tournament, outdistancing its two nearest opponents by 70 and 80 points respectively.

English and Communication Studies Professor Ted Sheckels, who coaches the Franklin Debating Society, says, "Many students contributed to this victory: 11 of the 16 won awards, and the other students picked up points too. Our students won awards in all categories but one, and we could not be prouder. It was a strong team effort."

The R-MC team of Sean Gordon '19 and Caroline Kouneski '19 earned the second-place team in parliamentary debate; the team of Bridget Maas '20 and Lia Clark '20 was fourth-place team. Sean Gordon was fourth-best individual speaker in the event.

In Lincoln-Douglas debate, Melissa Pritchard '21 finished second and Sean Gordon finished fourth.

In Poetry interpretation, Lia Clark was third and Sommer Jordan '19 was fourth. In Prose Interpretation, Karalynn Thomas '18 was first; and in Drama Interpretation, Karalynn Thomas was first and Caroline Kouneski was sixth.

In Dramatic Duo, Karalynn Thomas and Caroline Kouneski finished second, and Bridget Mass and Brianna Ciuffo '20 finished fifth. In Declamation (oral interpretation of a noteworthy speech), Lia Clark finished sixth.

In Persuasive Speaking, Sean Gordon was first, Matthew DeLancey '21 was second, and Karalynn Thomas was fourth. In Humorous Speaking, Caroline Kouneski was sixth. In Communication Analysis (theory-based analysis of a communication artifact), Caroline Kouneski was third, Brianne Habit '19 was fifth, and Lauren Grace Wygal '19 was sixth.

In Extemporaneous Speaking, Sean Gordon was second, Matthew DeLancey was third, and Brianne Habit was sixth. In Impromptu Speaking, Lauren Grace Wygal was first, Matthew DeLancey was fourth, and Lia Clark was fifth.

In Pentathlon competition, Caroline Kouneski was fourth and Karalynn Thomas was fifth.

"Our students made significant improvements from the first two tournaments; they utilized their tournament feedback, practice sessions with coaches, and individual work on their own time to do so," says Communication Studies Professor Ruth Beerman, who serves as assistant debate and forensics coach. "Based upon these efforts and performances, I foresee our debate squad having excellence and success in our upcoming spring 2018 tournaments."

The Franklin Debating Society
Fostering the invaluable skills of public speaking and reasoned discourse, the Franklin Debating Society also gives students the opportunity to participate in lively debate competitions. Franklin Debating Society members compete intercollegiately in debate and a range of forensics activities. The Society annually hosts the touring British debaters as well as a 19th Century-style debating event.