RMC Debate Team hosts Irish national champions, feature by Gerald Giebink

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The Rocky Mountain College debate team finished its season in style this February, competing at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu.  In addition to the tournament, debaters got the opportunity to go to Pearl Harbor, tour the USS Bowfin (a World War Two era submarine), and visit Waikiki, a tourist destination in Hawaii.

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 23/2/2018: Amy Crean, individual winner and team winners Cian Leahy and Aodhan Peelo pictured with Professor Brent Northup, a member of the adjudicating panel, at the Irish Times Debate in Riddell Hall, Queen's University, Belfast. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 23/2/2018: Amy Crean, individual winner and team winners Cian Leahy and Aodhan Peelo pictured with Professor Brent Northup, a member of the adjudicating panel, at the Irish Times Debate in Riddell Hall, Queen’s University, Belfast.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

RMC senior Flavya Siqueira has been a member of the debate team for over two years and participated in the tournament in Hawaii.

“It was an amazing experience,” said Siqueira. “I never imagined that debate would take me to Hawaii.”

There were over 20 teams competing in the Pan Pacific Tournament at HPU, including teams from South Korea and the United States Air Force Academy. The RMC debate team debated topics ranging from sports bounties to publishing all employees salaries, engaging in excellent discussions with every debater.

While none of RMC’s teams broke into the semifinals, they all got the opportunity to watch an excellent final debate round. The general idea of the final round was centered on the recent false alarm with the missile alert system, and asked the teams to debate whether or not the public should be warned in the event of an imminent nuclear strike. The round was ultimately won by the team from South Korea, but every debater in the round was excellent.


While the debate season may be over, that the Debate Team still has exciting events planned. The RMC debate team is privileged to be hosting the Irish National Champions for the second year in a row. This is an exciting event for everyone involved, and a great opportunity for the debate team to show the College what the debate team does. The Irish debate Champions are always fun and engaging speakers, with a unique style and great arguments. Shelby Long-Hammond, professor of communication studies and head coach of the debate team explained the value of these intercultural programs.

“Hosting the Irish National Champions provides a great opportunity for cultural exchange,” said Long-Hammond. “Their quick, intelligent, and witty style of debate is perfect for a public audience.”

The Irish National Champions and the RMC Debate Team will be having a public event on Friday, April 6 in Prescott Hall with a reception at 6p.m. There will also be an exhibition debate at 7p.m. Come see talented speakers and learn what debate is all about.

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