2018-19 Seattle U Debate Team Shines

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
January 29, 2019

The Seattle U Debate Team continues to earn great results in highly competitive tournaments around the state.

Seattle U Debate Team

They had an amazing weekend in late January at the Western Washington University tournament, winning both the JV and Open Division. Congratulations to:

  • Parker Davidson, fourth speaker, JV
  • Hatcher Chapman, tenth speaker, Open Division
  • Ryan Shook and Caroline Guess, tie, sixth speaker, Open Division
  • Alyssa Gaston, third speaker, Open Division
  • Alex Lindgren-Ruby and Lily Panetta, First Place, JV
  • Hatcher Chapman and Flora Lloyd, Second Place, Open Division
  • Caroline Guess and Al Vazquez, Semi-finalists, Open Division
  • Alyssa Gaston and Ryan Shook, First Place Open

In December, Seattle University hosted one of the nation’s largest BP/Worlds Tournaments featuring 60 teams from schools all over North America—Alaska, Colorado, California, British Columbia, Kansas, Idaho, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Ontario as well as Washington and Oregon.

Amidst this difficult competition, Seattle University had two teams in open quarterfinals: Parker Davidson and Cameron Quinn; Alyssa Gaston and Ryan Shook. Seattle University had a finals team in JV Division: Alex Lindgren-Ruby and Lily Panetta. Ryan was fourth speaker in JV Division.

In November, they shone at the University of British Columbia Tournament, a highly competitive tournament with some of Canada’s best teams.

  • Alyssa Gaston and Ryan Shook, placed in the top four open teams
  • Sarah Salame and Hatcher Chapman, First Place, Novice
  • Cameron Quinn and Parker Davidson, placed in the top four among Novice
  • Sophie Pierce and Dylan Love-Russom, Fifth Place, Novice

Alyssa, Ryan, Sarah, Hatcher, Cameron and Parker all won speaker awards, too.

Debate team members

In October, the team traveled to Lewis & Clark College:

  • Alyssa Gaston and Flora Lloyd, First Place, Open Division
  • Cameron Quinn and Parker Davidson, Second Place, Novice Division
  • Lily Panetta and Alex Lindgren-Ruby, Fourth Place, Novice Division
  • Randolph Sanchez, Quarterfinalist, Novice Division (debating with a student from another school)
  • Cameron Quinn, Fourth Speaker, Novice Division
  • Parker Davidson, Fifth Speaker, Novice Division
  • Lily Panetta, Seventh Speaker, Novice Division
  • Alex Lindgren-Ruby, Eighth Speaker, Novice Division

Photos: (top to bottom) Debate Team at Western Washington University; Debate Team at Lewis & Clark College.