Seattle University Debate Team continues highly successful year

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
April 15, 2019

Late breaking news! Congratulations to Alex Lindgren-Ruby and Lily Panetta, who were finalists in Novice at the National Competition. Also competing against 202 teams from across the nation, with large numbers from the Ivy League schools and doing SU proud were the teams of Parker Davidson and Caroline Guess; Alyssa Gaston and Ryan Shook; and Hatcher  Chapman and Flora Lloyd.

The Seattle University Debate Team continues to have highly successful year. This year’s team includes:

  • Gena Bernal, Communication and Media, ‘19
  • Hatcher  Chapman, Sociology, ‘21
  • Parker Davidson, Political Science, ‘22
  • Alyssa Gaston, Computer Science, ‘21
  • Caroline Guess, Political Science/Spanish, ‘19
  • Joel Gustafsson, Political Science, ‘22
  • Amina Ibrahim, Communication and Media, ‘19
  • Alex Lindgren-Ruby, Physics, ‘22
  • Flora Lloyd, Political Science, ‘21
  • Guled Mohamed, Pre-Major in Arts and Sciences, ‘21
  • Lily Panetta, Communication and Media, ‘22
  • Ryan Shook, Political Science, ‘21
  • Connor J. Stickels, Marine and Conservation Biology/University Honors, '21
  • Al Vasquez, Business Analytics/Finance, '22

Headed to the US Universities National Championship where they will compete with 200+ teams from across the country are four teams:

  • Alyssa Gaston and Ryan Shook
  • Caroline Guess and Parker Davidson
  • Flora Lloyd and Hatcher Chapman
  • Alex Lindgren-Ruby and Lily Panetta

At the Northwest University Tournament in early April, four teams advanced into semi-finals and two of those teams advanced to finals, placing in the top four.

Students on the debate teamSeattle U was by far the most successful program at the small but competitive tournament. Kudos to semi-finalists Alyssa Gaston and Ryan Shook (7th speaker, tie), Caroline Guess (7th speaker, tie) and Parker Davidson. The finalists are Flora Lloyd and Hatcher Chapman and Alex Lindgren-Ruby (4th speaker) and Lily Panetta (2nd speaker.) Not advancing, but great team members are Al Vazquez and Connor Stickels.

In March, Caroline Guess and Lily Panetta took second place at the Pacific Lutheran University Womxn’s Round Robin. Caroline was also the top speaker at the tournament.

Alyssa Gaston and Ryan Shook placed first at Western Washington University in February. Flora Lloyd and Hatcher Chapman took 2nd place, Caroline Guess and Al Vazquez were semi-finalists, and Alex Lindgren-Ruby and Lily Panetta placed 1st in junior division. Seattle U had the best school performance at the tournament.

In January, Alyssa Gaston and Ryan Shook placed first at Willamette University. Flora Lloyd and Hatcher Chapman and Alex Lindgren-Ruby and Lily Panetta were semi-finalists. Seattle U again had the best school performance at the tournament.