Debate Team highlights


October—Purdue University

This was a very large regional tournament. We had 4 teams break into elimination rounds in the open division (with one team making it to semifinals), and we closed out the junior varsity division of the tournament, taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

November—University of the Pacific 

We only sent 6 students to compete at this extremely large nationally competitive tournament, and one of our novice teams (Katrina Burlet & Anthony Linderman) made it to semifinals.

Fall 2013 Public Debates

We hosted 3 public debates (1 off campus and 2 on campus) during the fall semester. At each event, we used the debate format to raise awareness on topics such as sexual assault in the military, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer.

First round bid to NPTE 2014

Wheaton’s top open team—Doug Addleman & Micah Scaling—received a first round bid to the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence ( held in March). While Wheaton teams have gotten bids in previous years, this is the first time Wheaton has gotten a first round bid, considered to be very prestigious and quite a remarkable accomplishment for a junior with no high school debate experience (Doug) and a sophomore (Micah).

January—Webster University

Webster hosts a very large regionally competitive tournament with many top-ranked national programs competing alongside some smaller schools.

Varsity debate

  • Octofinalists: Doug Addleman & Micah Scaling
  • 4th place speaker (out of about 80 open debaters): Doug Addleman
  • 13th place speaker: Micah Scaling

Junior varsity debate

  • 7th place speaker: Caitlin Smith

Novice debate

  • Finals (2nd place): Katrina Burlet & Anthony Linderman
  • 1st place speaker: Anthony Linderman

February—Wheaton College

Wheaton once again successfully hosted its annual Hollatz Debates last weekend (Feb. 7-8). Our guests gave us a standing ovation at the awards ceremony (something that we just don’t see happen very often in the debate community) for hosting such a well-run tournament. We are blessed to have a strong presence in the debate community locally, regionally, and nationally.

Varsity debate 

  • Quarterfinalists: Dakota Anderson & Alyssa Phillips
  • 4th place speaker: Doug Addleman
  • 5th place speaker: Alyssa Phillips
Quarterfinalists: Dakota Anderson & Alyssa Phillips

Junior varsity debate

  • Finals (2nd place): Travis Mercante & Caitlin Smith
  • Semifinals: Robert Jones & Anna Krcek
  • 1st place speaker: Caitlin Smith

Rebecca M. B. Sietman, Ph.D.
Director of Forensics
Visiting Assistant Professor of CommunicationWheaton College


Wake Forest Argumentation Conference

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, April 11-13, 2014

Dr. Ken Chase along with students Melissa Kohler, Samuel Epley, Laural Porter, and Andrew Shadid will participate in the conference in Salem, North Carolina to discuss their research with leading scholars in contemporary argumentation theory.  Their projects began as term papers in Dr. Chase's "Jesus and Argument" seminar last fall. Each of the students has applied argument theory to a passage from the Gospel of Matthew. The Conference will also feature keynote addresses on civil dialogue, argument fallacies, and embodied rhetoric. 

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