GEORGE R. BROWN FORENSICS SOCIETY

Season Archive

2020-21 Season

The George R. Brown Forensics Society, Rice’s competitive intercollegiate speech and debate team, has been hard at work representing Rice with distinction. The first month of the Spring semester has been very successful for the team. Results are listed below. Please congratulate these academic competitors.

RICE DEBATERS TAKE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 3 DIVISIONS!

Rice brings home debate national championship and positions itself to bring home one in speech as well.

The virtual speech and debate season is coming to a dramatic climax for Rice as the team works its way through nationals season, a time of year loosely analogous to March Madness, with the interesting difference is that there is more than one way to win in speech and debate. It’s as if a basketball team could win both the NCAA and NIT championships, for example.

So far Rice has brought home one national championship and hopes to bring home more. Here are the results so far.

National Parliamentary Debate Association 2021 Championship Tournament, March 6-8, 2021

This tournament features highly competitive teams from around the nation. Rice has a long history with this event, missing only twice in history. The tournament features 8 preliminary debates and multiple elimination rounds. As a squad, Rice placed first at this tournament, and Rice debaters Amy Lin and Joel Abraham reached the final round, taking second in the nation and the squad won overall sweepstakes for the tournament.

The organization also awards season sweepstakes in several categories. These are a measure of team success over the entire season. The squad placed first Overall and Varsity season sweepstakes.

Results:

Overall Season Sweepstakes: 1st Place National Champions
Open (Varsity) Division Season Sweepstakes: 1st Place National Champions
Overall Tournament Sweepstakes: 1st Place National Champions
Seniors Amy Lin and Joel Abraham are runner-up national champions, taking 2nd place after an outstanding final round appearance.
Seniors Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell reached Quarterfinals.
Junior Kia Witt and first-year student Max Renteria reached Double-Octafinals.

Overall Debate Speaker Awards:

Annie Chen: 4th Speaker
Amy Lin: 5th Speaker
Maddy Scannell: 9th Speaker
Joel Abraham: 12th Speaker

Maddy Scannell and Amy Lin were selected for the NPDA All-American Squad, recognizing their commitment to community service, academic excellence, and competitive success.

The tournament also brought to a close coach David Worth’s term as President of the organization. This finishes a 6-year run for Worth as an officer in the organization, first as National Tournament Director for two years, then as Vice-president for two years, and finally as President for two years.

Coach Shannon LaBove continues in her service as Treasurer of NPDA.

National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, March 12-14, 2021

Rice debaters competed in the second half of the traditional debate nationals run, the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence. Qualification for this tournament is based on competitive success in the regular season. Going into the tournament, Rice had the number one ranked team of Chen and Scannell, number 4 ranked Lin and Abraham, number 8 ranked Kritika Shamanna and Jacob Tate, automatically qualifying them for the tournament. Witt and Renteria qualified as well as an at-large bid, giving Rice its largest ever entry for this event.

This tournament features the top 24 ranked teams in the nation in debates with 2-7 judges in each round. It measures preliminary rounds by ballot count totals and elimination rounds are double-elimination. Teams are given a final ordinal ranking in the tournament.

Results:

Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: Elimination Round 6 (analogous to semi-finals), 3rd Place Overall
Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell: Elimination 3 (top 6), 9th Place Overall
Krithika Shamanna and Jacob Tate: Elimination 4 (analogous to querterfinals), 6th Place Overall
Kia Witt and Max Renteria debated very well, earning 5 ballots and narrowly missing the break by a few points.

Overall Debate Speaker Awards:

Amy Lin: 2nd Speaker
Annie Chen: 5th Speaker
Maddy Scannell: 6th Speaker
Joel Abraham: 8th Speaker

These incredible results cap off amazing debate careers for seniors Abraham, Chen, Lin, and Scannell. They have shown true commitment to enhancing their undergraduate education through debate and representing Rice with supreme excellence. They will be greatly missed.

The seniors leave juniors Shamanna, Tate, and Witt and first-year Renteria to carry on the legacy. As these results show, that tradition is in excellent hands!

Looking Forward to Speech Nationals

The team now turns its attention to the nationals run for speech events, comprised for Rice of four tournaments, Pi Kappa Delta, the National Speech Tournament, and the National Forensic Association National Tournament. These championships feature differing qualification and entry conditions, distinct competitive contexts, and varying challenges.

Rice also has one of Texas’ two entries to the Interstate Oratorical Contest, the nation’s oldest speaking contest focusing on persuasive speaking. Lauren Palladino will represent Rice at this prestigious event after the nationals run is complete.

Rice has entries to each of these upcoming tournaments that are truly historic. Rice speakers have overcome tremendous technical challenges during this virtual season and are positioned very well to bring home a national championship.

Stay tuned for more good news as we progress through nationals season!

Rice Speech and Debate is coached by David Worth and Shannon LaBove.


Rice Speech and Debate Brings Home 54 Awards by March 1, Prepares for Nationals Run!

The Rice Speech and Debate team has been hard at work representing Rice with rhetorical excellence! Rice competitors are thriving in this season’s unusual virtual environment. Results from multiple events are listed below:

Mile High Swing 2021

Part 1 January 14-15

20 teams from 10 Schools

Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell: Semifinalists, Varsity Debate
Krithika Shamanna and Jacob Tate: Quarterfinalists, Varsity Debate
Kia Witt and Joel Abraham: Quarterfinalists, Varsity Debate

Overall Debate Speaker Awards:
Annie Chen: 2nd
Joel Abraham: 3rd
Kia Witt: 7th
Maddy Scannell: 8th

Rice won 12 separate debates overall.

Part 2 January 15-16: 22 teams from 13 schools
Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell: Quarterfinalists, Varsity Debate
Krithika Shamanna and Jacob Tate: Octafinalists, Varsity Debate

Overall Debate Speaker Awards:
Annie Chen: 9
Maddy Scannell: 2

Rice won 9 separate debates overall.

Overall Swing Speaker Awards (combined two-tournament totals)

Maddy Scannell: 2

Annie Chen: 3

Concordia University Irvine

January 22-23

21 teams from 17 schools

Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: Quarterfinalists, Varsity Debate

Rice won 5 separate debates overall.

Texas Intercollegiate Forensic Association Spring Championship

February 6-7

Sweepstakes

14 Schools, 109 Entries

First Tournament:
Lauren Palladino: 1st Place Persuasive Speaking
Mehek Jain: 5th Place Extemporaneous Speaking

National Warmup 2021

February 13-14

21 Teams from 8 schools

Sweepstakes: 1st Place
Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell: 2nd Place, Varsity Debate
Jacob Tate (debating alone as a maverick): Semifinals, Varsity Debate
Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: Quarterfinalists, Varsity Debate

Overall Debate Speaker Awards:
Jacob Tate 1st
Maddy Scannell 4th
Annie Chen 6th
Joel Abraham 13th
Amy Lin: 14th

Overall Rice won 17 separate debates

National Round Robin

February 20-21

11 teams from 5 schools

Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: Finished 2nd Place. Only dropped 3 ballots in 4 elimination rounds (12 ballots total)

Overall Speaker Awards:

Amy Lin: 3rd Speaker
Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell: 5-5

Virginia Swing

February 13-14

First Tournament: 10 Schools, 107 entries
4th Place Tournament Sweepstakes

Lauren Palladino:
1st Place Communication Analysis

Taylor Gilliam:
1st Place After Dinner Speaking

Mehek Jain:
2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking

Second Tournament: 7 schools, 46 Entries
5th Place Sweepstakes

Taylor Gilliam:
1st Place After Dinner Speaking

February 20-21: University of Illinois
Lauren 1st Place Informative Speaking

Battle of Flowers

February 26

Held every year since 1926, this prestigious and unique event is the oldest speaking contest in Texas. It features persuasive speaking on historical topics related to the state Texas. This year Rice did very well this year, as the contest held its first virtual version:

Bria Murray: 2nd Place
Cole Lambo: 3rd Place

Speech on the Beach

February 26-28

First Tournament:
4th Place Sweepstakes

Lauren Palladino:
1st Place Informative Speaking
2nd Place Communication Analysis
4th Place After Dinner Speaking

Mehek Jain:
3rd Place Communication Analysis

Jazmine Castillo:
5th Place Prose Interpretation

5th Place Dramatic Interpretation

Taylor Gilliam:
2nd Place Poetry Interpretation

Tiffany Sloan:
2nd Place Programmed Oral Interpretation

Tiffany Sloan and Taylor Gilliam:
5th Place Dou Interpretation

Second Tournament:
2nd Place Sweepstakes

Lauren Palladino:
1st Place Communication Analysis

3rd Place After Dinner Speaking

Mehek Jain:
2nd Place Communication Analysis

Jazmine Castillo:
3rd Place Dramatic Interpretation

3rd Place Prose Interpretation

Tiffany Sloan and Taylor Gilliam:
2nd Place Duo Interpretation

Taylor Gilliam:
2nd Place Poetry Interpretation

Tiffany Sloan:
1st Place Programmed Oral Interpretation

This outstanding start sets up Rice for a district tournament and several national tournaments that will cap the year, Including the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship, the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, The National Speech Tournament, and the National Forensic Association National Tournament. Hopefully, Rice Speech and Debate will have more exciting news to report soon!

Please join us in congratulating these amazing academic competitors!

The team is coached by David Worth and Shannon LaBove.


Rice Speech and Debate Caps Off October with 17 Awards!

Rice speech and debate competitors continue their tradition of success despite the pandemic. In the last two weekends of October, Rice competed in two virtual events on opposite ends of the country, bringing home 17 well-deserved awards.

SNAFU#2

This virtual speech event was hosted by the Southern and Northern Atlantic Forensics Union and Seton Hall University and featured 124 speech event entries from 24 colleges and universities in two complete tournaments. Rice competitors did very well with a small but focused entry. Rice brought home 8 awards.

First Tournament 10/24/2020

1st Place Limited Entry (Efficiency) Sweepstakes
Coleman Lambo: 2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking

Alonso Medina: 2nd Place Informative Speaking
Tiffany Sloan 3rd Place Poetry Interpretation

Second Tournament 10/25/20
3rd Place Limited Entry (Efficiency) Sweepstakes
Coleman Lambo: 1st Place Extemporaneous Speaking
Tiffany Sloan; 3rd Place Poetry Interpretation
Alonso Medina: 5th Place Informative Speaking

Golden Gate Invitational 10/31-11/1/2020

This virtual debate tournament was hosted by The University of California, Berkeley and featured 36 debate entries from 21 colleges and universities. Rice competitors had an excellent outing, winning 1st Place in Sweepstakes, closing out one side of the semifinals bracket and taking home four of the top ten speaker awards. Rice brought home 9 awards.

Team Sweepstakes: 1st Place
Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell: 2nd Place, Varsity Parliamentary Debate

Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: Semifinalists/tie for 3rd Place with Shamanna and Tate Varsity Parliamentary Debate
Krithika Shamanna and Jacob Tate: Semifinalists/tie for 3rd Place with Lin and Abraham, Varsity Parliamentary Debate
Alina Zhu and Kia Witt: Quarterfinalists, Varsity Parliamentary Debate

Speaker Awards
Annie Chen: 1st Place Overall Debate Speaker

Maddy Scannell: 4th Overall Debate Speaker
Amy Lin: 9th Overall Debate Speaker
Krithika Shamanna: 10th Overall Debate Speaker

These awards are the result of many hours of hard work in preparation and practice. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding academic competitors!

The team has two more tournaments before concluding competition for the semester, so be on the lookout for additional news.

Rice Speech and Debate is coached by David Worth and Shannon LaBove. For more information, please visit https://humanities.rice.edu/speech-and-debate .


Rice Speech and Debate Innovates Virtual Competition, Continues Winning Tradition

Rice Speech and Debate has begun their 2020-21 virtual season. The team has joined with other programs around the nation in refusing to let the pandemic prevent them from honing their rhetorical skills, speaking truth to power, and enjoying the fellowship of competition. Competing virtually requires new technical knowledge and abilities as well as studying and learning the varying dynamics of mediated rhetoric. Rice’s team has taken up the challenge of thinking, arguing, and speaking in new ways.

The team started its season by winning 19 awards in three competition events, including one hosted by Rice.

Rice & Friends Parliamentary Debate Season Opener

Rice hosted one of the first virtual tournaments of the collegiate season last weekend, September 26-27. The event was only the second in the format to be completely virtual. This is the traditional weekend for the Rice University Classic, an in-person speech and debate tournament hosted on campus. The impossibility of travel during COVID-19 pandemic has forced intercollegiate speech and debate to adapt.

The Rice & Friends Parliamentary Debate Season Opener was a cooperative test run for the intercollegiate debate community. The College of Idaho and the University of Texas at Tyler acted as co-hosts for the event, helping to divide the labor necessary to convert a rhetorical activity that normally depends on in-person presence into a synchronous event held entirely online. The tournament had 47 teams (94 students) and 37 judges entered from 19 colleges and universities. Rice will host a similar event featuring a speech tournament in the spring semester.

Rice won 10 awards.

Debate Awards:

Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell: Tournament Champions—1st Place

Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: Semifinalists—tie for 3rd Place with Shamanna and Tate

Krithika Shamanna and Jacob Tate: Semifinalists—tie for 3rd Place with Lin and Abraham

Kia Witt and Alina Zhu: double-octofinalists

Rice closed out one half of the semifinal bracket and had a team in the other bracket, meaning that of the top four teams in this difficult tournament, three were from Rice.

Overall Rice won 28 separate debates

Rice took home 50% of the top ten Overall Debate Speaker Awards:

Maddy Scannell: 1st Place--Top Overall Debate Speaker

Amy Lin: 3rd Place Overall Debate Speaker

Annie Chen: 4th Place Overall Debate Speaker

Krithika Shamanna: 7th Place Overall Debate Speaker

Alina Zhu: 8th Place Overall Debate Speaker

Joel Abraham: 12th Place Overall Debate Speaker

Hill Country Swing

Rice competed in the Hill Country Swing hosted by the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University during the previous weekend, September 19-20. This synchronous speech tournament was held entirely online with all students competing remotely. This tournament featured 232 entries from colleges and universities competing over two tournaments. This event is normally in-person and attracts the most competitive speakers in the nation. Rice won 8 awards in this difficult tournament.

First Tournament

Lauren Palladino:
1st Place Extemporaneous Speaking

Tiffany Sloan:
3rd Place Poetry Interpretation

Coleman Lambo:
4th Place Extemporaneous Speaking

Second Tournament

Lauren Palladino:
Top Overall Speaker Tournament Sweepstakes Champion

1st Place Extemporaneous Speaking

2nd Place Impromptu Speaking

Tiffany Sloan:
3rd Place Poetry Interpretation

Coleman Lambo:
6th Place Extemporaneous Speaking

Competing Asynchronously

Rice also competed in the WKU Fall Tournament asynchronous speech tournament during the September 26-27 weekend. This innovative format featured recorded video submissions.

Tiffany Sloan: 4th Place Poetry Interpretation

Please join us in congratulating these outstanding academic competitors who have represented Rice with such excellence!

Rice Speech and Debate will be competing in several virtual events over the course of the semester, so stay tuned for more news.

Rice Speech and Debate is coached by David Worth and Shannon LaBove. For more information, please visit https://humanities.rice.edu/speech-and-debate .


Rice Speech and Debate Virtually Wins Across the Nation

Rice Speech and Debate had a very successful weekend, competing in three virtual events ranging from the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. to Mid-America to the Mid-Atlantic. While the pandemic has challenged intercollegiate speech and debate by preventing in-person competition, it has also enabled the team to represent Rice with academic excellence from coast to coast and bring home 14 awards in one weekend.

Lewis & Clark College 10/10-11

This was the largest tournament of the virtual season so far, drawing 70 schools, 40 JV and Varsity debate teams in the Parliamentary division, and with approximately 300 debate entries across 10 divisions and 345 individual event entries. Rice debaters “closed out” the final round, meaning that only Rice teams were left in the top two spots in the tournament!

Rice brought home 7 hard-earned awards from this challenging field.

Overall Debate Sweepstakes: 3rd Place
Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: Tie for 1st Place Tournament Champions Varsity Parliamentary Debate (with Chen and Scannell).
Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell: Tie for 1st Place Tournament Champions Varsity Parliamentary Debate (with Lin and Abraham).
Alina Zhu and Jacob Tate: Octo-finalists, Varsity Parliamentary Debate
Amy Lin: 2nd Overall Varsity Parliamentary Debate Speaker
Joel Abraham: 5th Overall Varsity Parliamentary Debate Speaker
Jacob Tate: 10th Overall Varsity Parliamentary Debate Speaker

Overall Rice won 18 separate debates

Southern and Northern Atlantic Forensic Union Season Opener 10/11

This virtual tournament was co-hosted by multiple schools in the Mid-Atlantic region and drew 19 schools with 163 individual event entries. Rice brought home 4 awards, 3 of which were 1st Place.

Team Awards: 1st Place Tournament Champions Limited Entry Sweepstakes

Lauren Palladino:
1st Place Extemporaneous Speaking
1st Place Impromptu Speaking

Taylor Gilliam:
2nd Place Programmed Oral Interpretation

Forensic Flyover Tournament 10/10

This virtual tournament was co-hosted by multiple schools in the Mid-America region and drew 83 individual event entries from 16 schools. Rice brought home 4 awards.

Tiffany Sloan:
1st Place Prose Interpretation
2nd Place Poetry Interpretation

Taylor Gilliam:
1st Place Programmed Oral Interpretation

Mehek Jain:
6th Place Extemporaneous Speaking

Please join us in congratulating these outstanding academic competitors who have represented Rice with such excellence!

Rice Speech and Debate will be competing in multiple virtual events over the course of the semester, so stay tuned for more news.

Rice Speech and Debate is coached by David Worth and Shannon LaBove. For more information, please visit https://humanities.rice.edu/speech-and-debate .


RICE DEBATERS TAKE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 3 DIVISIONS!

Rice brings home debate national championship and positions itself to bring home one in speech as well.

The virtual speech and debate season is coming to a dramatic climax for Rice as the team works its way through nationals season, a time of year loosely analogous to March Madness, with the interesting difference is that there is more than one way to win in speech and debate. It’s as if a basketball team could win both the NCAA and NIT championships, for example.

So far Rice has brought home one national championship and hopes to bring home more. Here are the results so far.

National Parliamentary Debate Association 2021 Championship Tournament, March 6-8, 2021

This tournament features highly competitive teams from around the nation. Rice has a long history with this event, missing only twice in history. The tournament features 8 preliminary debates and multiple elimination rounds. As a squad, Rice placed first at this tournament, and Rice debaters Amy Lin and Joel Abraham reached the final round, taking second in the nation and the squad won overall sweepstakes for the tournament.

The organization also awards season sweepstakes in several categories. These are a measure of team success over the entire season. The squad placed first Overall and Varsity season sweepstakes.

Results:
Overall Season Sweepstakes: 1st Place National Champions
Open (Varsity) Division Season Sweepstakes: 1st Place National Champions
Overall Tournament Sweepstakes: 1st Place National Champions
Seniors Amy Lin and Joel Abraham are runner-up national champions, taking 2nd place after an outstanding final round appearance.
Seniors Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell reached Quarterfinals.
Junior Kia Witt and first-year student Max Renteria reached Double-Octafinals.

Overall Debate Speaker Awards:
Annie Chen: 4th Speaker
Amy Lin: 5th Speaker
Maddy Scannell: 9th Speaker
Joel Abraham: 12th Speaker

Maddy Scannell and Amy Lin were selected for the NPDA All-American Squad, recognizing their commitment to community service, academic excellence, and competitive success.

The tournament also brought to a close coach David Worth’s term as President of the organization. This finishes a 6-year run for Worth as an officer in the organization, first as National Tournament Director for two years, then as Vice-president for two years, and finally as President for two years.

Coach Shannon LaBove continues in her service as Treasurer of NPDA.

National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, March 12-14, 2021

Rice debaters competed in the second half of the traditional debate nationals run, the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence. Qualification for this tournament is based on competitive success in the regular season. Going into the tournament, Rice had the number one ranked team of Chen and Scannell, number 4 ranked Lin and Abraham, number 8 ranked Kritika Shamanna and Jacob Tate, automatically qualifying them for the tournament. Witt and Renteria qualified as well as an at-large bid, giving Rice its largest ever entry for this event.

This tournament features the top 24 ranked teams in the nation in debates with 2-7 judges in each round. It measures preliminary rounds by ballot count totals and elimination rounds are double-elimination. Teams are given a final ordinal ranking in the tournament.

Results:
Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: Elimination Round 6 (analogous to semi-finals), 3rd Place Overall

Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell: Elimination 3 (top 6), 9th Place Overall
Krithika Shamanna and Jacob Tate: Elimination 4 (analogous to querterfinals), 6th Place Overall
Kia Witt and Max Renteria debated very well, earning 5 ballots and narrowly missing the break by a few points.

Overall Debate Speaker Awards:
Amy Lin: 2nd Speaker
Annie Chen: 5th Speaker
Maddy Scannell: 6th Speaker
Joel Abraham: 8th Speaker

These incredible results cap off amazing debate careers for seniors Abraham, Chen, Lin, and Scannell. They have shown true commitment to enhancing their undergraduate education through debate and representing Rice with supreme excellence. They will be greatly missed.

The seniors leave juniors Shamanna, Tate, and Witt and first-year Renteria to carry on the legacy. As these results show, that tradition is in excellent hands!

Looking Forward to Speech Nationals

The team now turns its attention to the nationals run for speech events, comprised for Rice of four tournaments, Pi Kappa Delta, the National Speech Tournament, and the National Forensic Association National Tournament. These championships feature differing qualification and entry conditions, distinct competitive contexts, and varying challenges.

Rice also has one of Texas’ two entries to the Interstate Oratorical Contest, the nation’s oldest speaking contest focusing on persuasive speaking. Lauren Palladino will represent Rice at this prestigious event after the nationals run is complete.

Rice has entries to each of these upcoming tournaments that are truly historic. Rice speakers have overcome tremendous technical challenges during this virtual season and are positioned very well to bring home a national championship.

Stay tuned for more good news as we progress through nationals season!

The team is housed in the School of Humanities and coached by Humanities faculty David Worth and Shannon LaBove.


Rice Speech Competitors Bring Home 12 awards and a PKD National Championship in Program Oral Interpretation!

Rice Individual Event/Speech competitors started their nationals season run with the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament this past weekend. This event featured 1342 entries from 79 schools. Rice had 9 finalists in this prestigious event. Here are the results

Overall Sweepstakes: 6th

Program Oral Interpretation
Taylor Gilliam: 1st Place PKD National Champion!

Tiffany Sloan: Quarterfinalist

Poetry Interpretation
Tiffany Sloan: 2nd Place

Taylor Gilliam: 5th Place

After Dinner Speaking
Lauren Palladino: 3rd Place

Taylor Gilliam: 5th Place

Prose Interpretation
Tiffany Sloan: 3rd Place

Taylor Gilliam: 6th Place

Duo Interpretation
Taylor Gilliam and Tiffany Sloan: 3rd Place

Extemporaneous Speaking
“Excellence Awards”(next out):
Lauren Palladino

Mehek Jain

Next up for these amazing competitors is the American Forensics Association National Speech Tournament (formerly AFA-NIET).

Stay tuned for more updates!


Rice Speech and Debate: Rice Ranked Number One in the Nation!

Rice Speech and Debate had a very successful month in November! The team represented Rice in multiple virtual events, finished the month at the top of the national rankings, and with multiple events qualified for the AFA-National Speech Tournament.

Rice is currently ranked 1st in the nation in debate National Parliamentary Debate Association season sweepstakes. This is a squad ranking that measures overall team performance.

Rice also has three of the top ten debate teams (pairs) in the nation, including the number one team, according to the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence rankings. This is a measure of the records of individual debate pairs within squads:

Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell are currently the top team in the nation!
Amy Lin and Joel Abraham are ranked 3rd in the nation!

Krithika Shamanna and Jacob Tate are ranked 9th in the nation!

Tournament results:

McKendree University Tournament Bearcat Classic, 11/14-15/2020

This competitive virtual debate event featured 22 teams from 9 colleges and universities. Rice debaters “closed out” the final round, leaving only Rice teams left in the top two spots in the tournament! Rice won 7 awards.

Sweepstakes: 1st Place Overall
Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell:

Tie for 1st Place, Varsity Debate with Lin/Abraham

Amy Lin and Joel Abraham:
Tie for 1st Place, Varsity Debate with Chen/Scannell

Kia Witt and Max Renteria: Quarterfinalists, Varsity Debate

Rice won the top 3 of 4 spots and closed out finals! Krithika Shamanna/Jacob Tate and Amy Lin/ Joel Abraham closed out one semifinal bracket. Lin and Abraham advanced to the final based on record. Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell won the other semifinal bracket, creating the close-out.

Speaker Awards:
Amy Lin: 2nd Overall Speaker

Joel Abraham: 6th Overall Speaker
Maddy Scannell: 9th Overall Speaker

Overall Rice won 24 debates

Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association Fall Championship, 11/7-8/2020

There were 277 speech entries from 20 colleges and universities in this two-tournament event that focuses on Texas’ outstanding forensics programs. With the results of this event, Rice speech competitors qualified or gained substantial points toward qualification for multiple events for the national tournament. Rice brought home 10 awards from this traditionally challenging event.

First tournament:

6th Place Sweepstakes

Lauren Palladino:
1st Place Impromptu Speaking

2nd Place Persuasive Speaking

Taylor Gilliam:
1st Place Programmed Oral Interpretation

Taylor Gilliam and Tiffany Sloan:
4th Place Duo Interpretation

Second Tournament:

3rd Place Sweepstakes

Lauren Palladino:
1st Place Persuasive Speaking

Tiffany Sloan:
1st Place Poetry Interpretation

Taylor Gilliam and Tiffany Sloan:
3rd Place Duo Interpretation

Mehek Jain:
4th Place Extemporaneous Speaking

These students have logged many hours of preparation for these intense competitions and have worked hard to adapt to the virtual environment. Their effort is truly exemplary of the Rice spirit. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding academic competitors!

2019-20 Season

The George R. Brown Forensics Society, Rice’s competitive intercollegiate speech and debate team, has been hard at work representing Rice with distinction. The first month of the Spring semester has been very successful for the team. Results are listed below. Please congratulate these academic competitors!

Texas Tech/Ut-Tyler Swing Part 1

Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: Semifinalists, Debate
Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell: Semifinalists, Debate
Krithika Shamanna and Jacob Tate: Octafinalists, Debate
Amy Lin: 2nd Overall Debate Speaker
Joel Abraham: 6th Overall Debate Speaker
Annie Chen: 14th Overall Debate Speaker

Texas Tech/Ut-Tyler Swing Part 2

Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell: 2nd Place, Debate
Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: Semifinalists, Debate
Krithika Shamanna and Jacob Tate: Octafinalists, Debate
Amy Lin: 18th Overall Debate Speaker
Annie Chen: 5th Overall Debate Speaker
Maddy Scannell: 2nd Overall Debate Speaker

University of Texas/Bradley Swing

Lauren Palladino: 2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking (with a speech on gender equality out of 5 other final round competitors who were men)—Second half of swing.

Concordia University Irvine

Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: Semifinalists, Debate
Alissa Kono and Kia Witt: Octafinalists, Debate

Mardi Gras Swing—Louisiana State University

Part 1:

3rd Place Overall Sweepstakes

Tiffany Sloan: 2nd Place Programmed Oral Interpretation; 3rd Place Poetry Interpretation
Lauren Palladino: 4th Place Communication Analysis; 3rd Place Impromptu Speaking
Cole Lambo: 4th Place Impromptu Speaking
Bria Murray: 4th Place Informative Speaking

Part 2:

4th Place Sweepstakes

Lauren Palladino: 1st Place Persuasive Speaking; 4th Place Communication Analysis
Bria Murray: 2nd Place Informative Speaking
Cole Lambo: 3rd Place Impromptu Speaking
Tiffany Sloan: 3rd Place Poetry Interpretation

The team will next be competing at the University of Missouri.

Rice Speech and Debate is coached by David Worth and Shannon LaBove.

2018 - 2019 Season

The George R. Brown Forensics Society, Rice’s intercollegiate speech and debate team, finished the Fall semester with 99 awards and has started the Spring semester off with 38 awards! The team has been hard at work representing Rice with excellence in academic competition.

Currently, Rice has the 9th, 20th, and 27th ranked debate teams (composed of two debaters each) in the nation out of 327 ranked teams. Seniors Sonia Torres and Jason Barton are ranked 9th.

Sophomores Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell are ranked 20th, and sophomores Amy Lin and Joel Abraham are ranked 27th. Torres/Barton and Chen/Scannell have qualified for the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, to be held in March.

Speech competitors who have qualified in multiple events for the National Individual Events Tournament, to be held in April:

Isaiah Rodriguez

Lauren Palladino

Gennifer Geer

Cole Lambo

Specific results up to January 21, 2019 are reported below:


Hill Country Swing

Overall Sweepstakes: 1st Place

First Tournament:

11 Schools, 194 entries

Gennifer Geer: 3rd Place Informative Speaking

Second Tournament:

10 schools, 137 entries

Izzy Rodriguez: 1st Place After Dinner Speaking

Gennifer Geer: 1st Place Extemporaneous Speaking; 1st Place Persuasive Speaking

Lauren Palladino: 1st Place Impromptu Speaking; 2nd Place Persuasive Speaking; 2nd Place Informative Speaking; 3rd Place Extemporaneous Speaking; 3rd Place After Dinner Speaking

Coleman Lambo: 3rd Place Informative Speaking

Bria Murray: 3rd Place Persuasive Speaking


Rice University Classic

Hosted by Rice

First Tournament:

11 schools, 108 entries

Tiffany Sloan: 5th Place Programmed Oral Interpretation

Sonia Torres and Jason Barton: Semifinalists, Varsity Debate

Second Tournament:

11 schools, 113 entries

Bria Murray: 3rd Place Extemporaneous Speaking

Alonso Medina: 4th Place Communication Analysis

Coleman Lambo: 4th Place Informative Speaking

Izzy Rodriguez: 4th Place After Dinner Speaking


Lewis & Clark College

22 schools, 56 debate team entries. Best Rice performance at this difficult national circuit tournament in many years.

Sonia Torres and Jason Barton: Semifinalists, Varsity Debate

Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: Semifinalists, Varsity Debate

Alissa Kono and Robert Chen: 2nd Place JV Debate

Alissa Kono: 3rd Overall JV Debate Speaker

Sonia Torres: 6th Overall Varsity Debate Speaker

Maddy Scannell: 20th Overall Varsity Debate Speaker


Colorado College

8 schools, 137 entries

First Tournament:

Lauren Palladino: 1st Place Impromptu Speaking; 1st Place Persuasive Speaking; 1st Place After Dinner Speaking

Coleman Lambo: 3rd Place Impromptu Speaking; 2nd Place Informative Speaking

Gennifer Geer: 1st Place Informative Speaking; 2nd Place Impromptu Speaking; 1st Place Extemporaneous Speaking; 1st Place Communication Analysi

Summar McGee: 2nd Place Prose Interpretation

Tiffany Sloan: 1st Place Programmed Oral Interpretation

Second Tournament:

Izzy Rodriguez: 2nd Place After Dinner Speaking

Gennifer Geer: 1st Place Impromptu Speaking; 1st Place Extemporaneous Speaking; 2nd 1st Place Communication Analysis

Lauren Palladino: 1st Place Persuasive Speaking 2nd Place Impromptu Speaking; 2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking; 2nd Place After Dinner Speaking

Coleman Lambo: 2nd Place Informative Speaking; 3rd Place Extemporaneous Speaking


Louisiana State University (LSU)

First Tournament:

8 schools, 119 entries

Gennifer Geer: 3rd Place Communication Analysis; 4th Place Impromptu Speaking; 4th Place Persuasive Speaking

Bria Murray: 2nd Place Persuasive Speaking

Second Tournament:

8 schools, 124 entries

3rd Place Overall Sweepstakes

Gennifer Geer: 2nd Place Communication Analysis; 4th Place Persuasive Speaking

Alonso Medina: 3rd Place Persuasive Speaking

Coleman Lambo: 6th Place Extemporaneous Speaking


University of The Pacific

The team of Sonia Torres and Jason Barton were selected for the prestigious Pat Kennedy Memorial Round Robin, held the day before the main tournament. Torres and Barton reached Semifinals in this difficult field composed of top debaters.

Sonia Torres earned the Top Speaker Award for this select field of debaters.

Jason Barton was 4th Overall Debate Speaker

First Tournament:

Izzy Rodriguez: 3rd Place Informative Speaking; 2nd Place After Dinner Speaking

Alonso Medina: 1st Place Persuasive Speaking

Second Tournament:

Overall Sweepstakes: 1st Place

Overall Swing Sweepstakes (both tournaments combined): 1st Place

Izzy Rodriguez: 2nd Place Overall Individual Events Speaker; 2nd Place Informative Speaking; 2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking

Lauren Palladino: 1st Place Extemporaneous Speaking; 2nd Place After Dinner Speaking

Debate:

Alina Zhu: 8th Overall JV Debate Speaker

Robert Chen: 7th Overall JV Debate Speaker

Kia Witt: 4th Overall JV Debate Speaker

Alissa Kono: 2nd Overall JV Debate Speaker

Maddy Scannell: 10th Overall Varsity Debate Speaker

Annie Chen: 9th Overall Varsity Debate Speaker

Joel Abraham: 6th Overall Varsity Debate Speaker

Amy Lin: 4th Overall Varsity Debate Speaker

Jason Barton: 3rd Overall Varsity Debate Speaker

Sonia Torres: 2nd Overall Varsity Debate Speaker

Alina Zhu and Kia Witt: Quarterfinalists, JV Debate

Sonia Torres and Jason Barton: Quarterfinalists, Varsity Debate

Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: Quarterfinalists, Varsity Debate

Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell: 2nd Place Varsity Debate.


Washburn University

10 schools, 27 debate team entries

Rice Won 8 separate debates.

Sonia Torres and Jason Barton: Octafinalists, Varsity Debate


Prairie View A&M University

First Tournament:

Izzy Rodriguez: 1st Place Extemporaneous Speaking; 2nd Place Prose Interpretation

2nd Tournament: 2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking


Texas Two-Step Tournament in Denton, TX 1/4-6/2019

Overall Sweepstakes: 2nd Place

First Tournament:

Jason Barton: 4th Overall Debate Speaker

Sonia Torres: 5th Overall Debate Speaker

Maddy Scannell: 15th Overall Debate Speaker

Annie Chen: 18th Overall Debate Speaker

Sonia Torres and Jason Barton: Semifinalists, Varsity Debate

Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell: Semifinalists, Varsity Debate

Alissa Kono and Robert Chen: Octafinalists, Varsity Debate

Overall Rice won 17 separate debates

Second Tournament

Sonia Torres: 7th Overall Debate Speaker

Annie Chen: 10th Overall Debate Speaker

Maddy Scannell 14th Overall Debate Speaker

Sonia Torres and Jason Barton: Quarterfinalists, Varsity Debate

Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell: Quarterfinalists, Varsity Debate

Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: Quarterfinalists, Varsity Debate

Overall Rice won 18 separate debates


University of Florida, 1/19-20

Overall Sweepstakes: 2nd Place

First tournament:

Sweepstakes: 2nd Place

Cole Lambo: 6th Place Informative Speaking

Lauren Palladino: 1st Place Impromptu Speaking; 2nd Place After Dinner Speaking

Tiffany Sloan: 6th Place Programmed Oral Interpretation

Gennifer Geer: 2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking; 2nd Place Persuasive Speaking; 4th Place Communication Analysis; 2nd Place Overall Individual Speaker

Second Tournament:

Sweepstakes: 2nd Place

Lauren Palladino: 1st Place, After Dinner Speaking; 3rd Place Impromptu Speaking; 2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking

Gennifer Geer: 1st Place Extemporaneous Speaking; 1st Place Communication Analysis; 2nd Place Impromptu Speaking; 3rd Place Overall Speaker

Izzy Rodriguez: 5th Place Extemporaneous Speaking; 5th Place After Dinner Speaking

Cole Lambo: 6th Place Extemporaneous Speaking

Tiffany Sloan: Top Novice in Prose interpretation; Top Novice in Programmed Oral Interpretation.


The team is coached by HUMA faculty members David Worth and Shannon LaBove.

2018 - 2019 National Season

Rice Speech and Debate Continues Nationals Season with Championship Performances!

Rice Senior Debaters are Runner-Up National Champions!

Sonia Torres and Jason Barton finished second at the National Parliamentary Tournament of Champions (NPTE) last weekend in Reno, NV.

Torres and Barton reached the final round after winning ballots in preliminary rounds and fighting through six elimination rounds. In the championship round, the judges chose to vote for a very competitive team from the University of California, Berkeley over Torres and Barton.

Sonja Torres was seventh overall speaker.

Jason Barton was 11th overall speaker.

This incredible accomplishment caps an outstanding year and career for the two seniors, who regularly appeared in elimination rounds, brought home multiple speaker awards, and were regarded by many as the "smartest team in the nation," and as "an underestimated team who could win it all." Torres and Barton are the first Rice team to reach finals at the NPTE, marking an important milestone and placing them among the top few pairs in the team's storied history.

Sophomores Shine at the NPTE
Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell finished eights in the final rankings, reaching the fourth elimination round, after winning 10 ballots in prelims. This is an astounding feat for sophomores.

Sophomores Amy Lin and Joel Abraham also qualified for the tournament and debated well in a difficult preliminary draw.

Coaching Award
David Worth was named coach of the year by the NPTE board.

About NPTE
The NPTE is a qualification-based tournament, based on win percentage over the entire season. The NPTE recently revised its qualification rules and as a result this year's tournament was the most difficult to qualify for in the history of the tournament. The process yielded 26 qualifiers (out of 458 ranked teams) from the top debate teams in the nation. These teams then debate five preliminary debates with two judges each. The teams with a qualifying ballot count are then seeded into a grueling double-elimination bracket that eventually results in a final round for the championship.

Two Paths to a Debate Championship
The NPTE is one of two routes to a debate championship in the format in which Rice competes. The other path is the National Parliamentary Debate Association's NPDA National Championship Tournament, an open invitational featuring a wide variety of teams. By analogy, image that a college basketball team could compete in both the NCAA tournament and the NIT tournament. Rice also had its best NPDA in many years the weekend before NPTE in Utah, finishing third in the nation!

Success at NPDA

As a squad: third place National Championship Tournament Sweepstakes

Also as a squad: sixth place National Season Sweepstakes

Torres and Barton performed at an elite level in the NPDA tournament, reaching quarterfinals after going undefeated in their first six debates, and going 6-2 overall in preliminary rounds.

Sonia Torres was 16th overall speaker (out of 214).

Jason Barton was 20th overall speaker (out of 214).

Sonia Torres and Jason Barton were each named to the NPDA All-American Team, an honor based on academic and competitive success as well as service to the various communities of which debaters are part.

Lin and Abraham also debated very well and qualified for elimination rounds, going 6-1 in prelims and reaching octafinals.

First-Year Student Success
First-year students Alissa Kono and Robert Chen qualified for elimination rounds, going 5-3 in prelims, reaching triple-octafinals.

First-years Kia Witt and Alina Zhu went 4-4 in prelims missing the break to elimination rounds by a single ballot.

These are extraordinary outcomes for first-year students and they predict a very successful future for these talented debaters.

Coaches as National Officers
At the conclusion of the tournament, David Worth assumed the presidency of the NPDA, after serving as vice president for two years and as tournament director for the preceding two years.

Shannon LaBove will also continue her term as NPDA treasurer in 2019-20.

Speech Competitors Excel in New York
Two Rice speech competitors competed at the Pi Kapa Delta National Tournament last weekend at Hofstra University. This unique open invitational tournament brings competitors from across the nation and classifies finalists by category rather than placings.

Gennifer Geer:
Persuasive Speaking: Top Superior (Tournament Champion)
Informative Speaking: Superior
Interview: Excellent

Lauren Palladino:
Impromptu Speaking: Superior
After Dinner Speaking: Superior
Extemporaneous Speaking: Excellent

On to NIET
Geer and Palladino will represent Rice =, along with speech competitors Izzy Rodriguez, Cole Lambo, Alonso Medina, and Tiffany Sloan at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) this weekend in Alabama. These competitors qualified for this national tournament by reaching finals and placing high at three separate tournaments in the regular season. The NIET will conclude the season for Rice Speech and Debate.

Please congratulate these amazing undergraduate academic competitors!

Alumni Support
Two academic visitors who are Rice alumni aided the team tremendously this year. The team is grateful to Sylvia Omozee and Michael Portal. In addition, the team has enjoyed support in various specific ways from many alumni this year including Kern Vijayvargiya, Vera Ranneft, Ryan Sun, Aparna Bhaduri, Ted Torous, and Allison McKibban.

Coaches
Rice Speech and Debate is housed in the School of Humanities and is coached by David Worth and Shannon LaBove.

2017 - 2018 Season

2017-2018 Results
Rice Speech and Debate Starts Year with 27 Awards!

The George R. Brown Forensics Society, Rice’s speech and debate team, has been hard at work representing Rice with distinction around the nation! The team has recruited a hard-working group of first-year students and has returned some very talented veterans. Rice has had success, qualifying events early for speech nationals and positioning debaters highly in the national rankings. The team of Sonia Torres and Jason Barton are currently ranked 9th in the nation out of 140 ranked teams. The squad has won 24 awards since September 14.

Below are results up to October 20, 2017

Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR 10/14-1
Rice did very well at this difficult tournament. JV debaters preformed especially well on their first away tournament. Each reached elimination rounds and the team of Gennifer Geer and Annie Chen appeared in the final round.

23 schools, 67 debate teams

Annie Chen and Gennifer Geer: 2nd place Junior Varsity Debate
Jason Barton: 6th Overall Varsity Debate Speaker (out of 84)
Sonia Torres: 12th Overall Varsity Debate Speaker (out of 84)
Natalie Zur: 4th Overall Junior Varsity Debate Speaker (out of 46)
Annie Chen: 7th Overall Junior Varsity Debate Speaker (out of 46)
Natlie Zur and Cole Lambo: Semifinalists, Junior Varsity Debate
Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: Semifinalists, Junior Varsity Debate
Maddy Scannell and Hunter Adams: Quarterfinalists, Junior Varsity Debate
Rice won 23 separate debates overall

George Mason University/James Madison University:
226 speech entries from 9 schools. This was a two-tournament event. In addition to the competition, students were treated to a tour of the United States Supreme Court as well as the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

First Tournament:
Gennifer Geer: 4th Place Informative Speaking; 6th Place Informative Speaking

Second Tournament:
Summar McGee: 5th Place After Dinner Speaking
Gennifer Geer: 7nd Place After Dinner Speaking

Rice University Classic, 9/29-10/1

Rice hosted Competitors from around the nation at the 5th annual Rice University Classic. The tournament continues to grow in prominence and is becoming one of the most competitive on the yearly schedule. The tournament was also a good practice run for the National Round Robin, an elite debate event that Rice will host in February 2018. This even will bring the very best debaters from the nation to campus for the first event in “nationals season” for the year.

Debate: 23 debate teams from 8 schools. 6 states represented.

Rice won 3rd Place Debate Sweepstakes

Sonia Torres and Jason Barton: Quarterfinals, Parliamentary Debate
Jason Barton 10th Overall Debate Speaker
Sonia Torres 17th Overall Debate Speaker
Rice Won 15 separate debates.

Individual Speech Events:
9 schools. 199 Entries. Two separate tournaments plus a combined sweepstakes award.
Overall Swing Sweepstakes (a measure of the combined performance for both tournaments): 3rd Place.

First Tournament:
Gennifer Geer: 3rd Place Extemporaneous Speaking
Lauren Palladino: 5th Place Extemporaneous Speaking

Second Tournament:
3rd Place Sweepstakes
Gennifer Geer: 1st Place Informative Speaking; 4th Place Extemporaneous Speaking
Lauren Palladino: 4th Place Impromptu Speaking
Madison Blattel: 4th Place Persuasive Speaking
Bella Bunten: 4th Place Informative Speaking
Bria Murray: 3rd Place After Dinner Speaking

Colorado College, 10/7-8
19 schools. 570 entries. Rice took a small contingent to this speech nationals preview.

Gennifer Geer: 5th Place Extemporaneous Speaking

William Jewell College, 9/15-17, 2017
Rice’s varsity debaters were very successful at this debate season opener that showcases the best in the nation.

42 teams from 16 schools.

Sonia Torres and Jason Barton: Octofinalists, Parliamentary Debate.
Jason Barton: 15th Overall Debate Speaker (out of 84)
Sonia Torres: 16th Overall Debate Speaker (out of 84)
Rice won 5 separate debates, winning the first 5 rounds of the year (and their first 5 debates as partners) back to back. They were the 8th seed, giving them a bye through the double-octofinal.

Rice Speech and Debate Brings Home 36 Awards, Prepares for Nationals Run
The George R. Brown Forensics Society, Rice’s intercollegiate competitive speech and debate team, has been hard at work representing Rice with distinction this semester. Housed in the School of Humanities, the team develops is constantly working to improve its skills in argumentation, performance, and critical thinking. The team has taken its rhetorical skills to competitions at the local, regional, and national levels and has brought home 36 awards so far this semester. As the team prepares for its run at nationals, please take a moment to congratulate these students on their exceptional performance at these academic competitions.

University of Utah
This is the traditional Spring semester opener for many of the top teams in the nation in both speech and debate. This event features two complete tournaments in both speech and debate.

First Tournament
Sweepstakes: 1st Place
Bria Murray: 1st Place After Dinner Speaking
Gennifer Geer: 1st Place Communication Analysis
Isaiah Rodriguez: 2nd Place After Dinner Speaking
Bria Murray: 1st Place Programmed Oral Interpretation
Gennifer Geer: 3th Place Programmed Oral Interpretation
Sonia Torres and Jason Barton: doubleoctaflinalists, debate
Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: doubleoctaflinalists, debate
Overall Rice won 7 separate debates

Second Tournament
Sweepstakes: 2nd Place
Overall Swing Sweepstakes: 1st Place

Isaiah Rodriguez: 1st Place After Dinner Speaking; 4th Place Persuasive Speaking
Lauren Palladino: 1st Place Extemporaneous Speaking; 1st Place Informative Speaking; 4th Impromptu Speaking
Bria Murray and Gennifer Geer: 2nd Place Dramatic Duo
Bria Murray: 4th Place Programmed Oral Interpretation
Gennifer Geer: 3th Place Programmed Oral Interpretation
Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: quarterflinalists, debate
Overall Rice won 7 separate debates

University of Texas at Austin
Attracting the top speech teams in the nation, this tournament is often more difficult than nationals. Elimination round participants often go on to be national champions in the same year.

Gennifer Geer, semifinalist Extemporaneous Speaking

Texas Tech University

Annie Chen, Sonia Torres

A regional tournament that features a small and very competitive draw. This results in a set of focused highly quality debates.

Sonia Torres and Annie Chen: Quarterfinalists, debate
Sonia Torres: 7th Overall Debate Speaker
Overall Rice won 6 separate debates

University of Missouri

Attracting the best from the center third of the country, this this tournament is essential preparation for the nationals run.

Sonia Torres and Jason Barton: octaflinalists, debate
Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: octaflinalists, debate
Gennifer Geer and Franz Brotzen: octaflinalists, debate
Annie Chen and Maddy Scannell: doubleoctaflinalists, debate
Amy Lin: 8th Overall Debate Speaker
Overall Rice won 22 separate debates

National Round Robin at Rice University

This elite competition was hosted on the Rice Campus and brought the top teams in Parliamentary debate from around the nation as well as some Rice alumni back to judge. This tournament featured a unique and format that challenged debaters not only to create and deliver strong arguments but also tested their endurance as the top 6 completed 10 very complex debates in about just two short days. This tournament used ballot counts rather than wins and losses.

Sonia Torres and Jason Barton: 6Th Place, 8 ballots
Jason Barton: 10th Overall Debate Speaker
Amy Lin and Joel Abraham: 5 ballots

Battle of Flowers Historical Speech Contest in San Antonio, TX

Gennifer Geer: 3rd Place. Speech title: “Margaret Borland: Don’t Mess With Texas Women”

“Speech on the Beach” in Corpus Christi, TX

First Tournament
Summar McGee: After Dinner Speaking 2nd place, Communication Analysis 4th Place

Second Tournament
Summar McGee: After Dinner Speaking 2nd place, Communication Analysis 4th Place

American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament at the University of Oklahoma.
Part of the qualification process for speech nationals.

Madison Blattel 3rd Place Persuasive Speaking
Sumar Communication Analysis 5th Place
Lauren Palladino Impromptu Speaking 4th Place

These results set the stage for “Nationals Season,” which begins after Spring Break. Rice will be represented at the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship (NPDA) by teams of two composed of the following students: Sonia Torres and Jason Barton, Amy Lin and Joel Abraham, Annie Chen and Maddie Scannell, and Gennifer Geer with Natalie Zur. After NPDA, Torres/Barton and Lin/Abraham will represent Rice at the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (NPTE).

After NPDA and NPTE, at the National Individual Events Tournament (speech nationals) Rice will be represented by Gennifer Geer, Sumar McGee, Bria Murray, and Lauren Palladino.

Rice Finishes Nationals Run in the top 20 in the Nation With Young Team
The George R. Brown Forensics Society, Rice’s intercollegiate speech and debate team, finished the year in the top twenty in the nation. After graduating a large group of seniors last year, the team preformed very well this year with a group that included only one senior and two juniors. The rest of the team was composed of first-years and sophomores, making the team’s overall finish a significant achievement for a young team.

Housed in the School of Humanities, the team is known nationally as a consistent presence near the top of the rankings thanks to its continued emphasis on excellence in rhetorical, argumentation, and performance skills. This year was particularly significant as the team sought to apply (and update where possible) these ancient skills to contemporary social justice problems.

The results of Rice’s “Nationals Season” are listed below.

National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship, Portland Oregon. 129 teams from 46 schools.
Rice was represented at NPDA by teams of two composed of the following students: Sonia Torres and Jason Barton, Amy Lin and Joel Abraham, Annie Chen and Maddie Scannell, and Gennifer Geer with Natalie Zur.

Tournament Sweepstakes: 16th in the nation.
Season Sweepstakes: 17th in the nation.
Torres and Barton: Triple Octafinalists, Debate.
Rice won 15 separate debates.

National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, Portland Oregon.
After NPDA, Torres/Barton and Lin/Abraham represented Rice at the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (NPTE). Invitation to this elite tournament is based on wins over the course of the season.

Torres and Barton reached Elimination Round 3 and earned a final rank of of 19th in the tournament.

Lin and Abraham reached Elimination Round 2 and earned a final rank of 30th in the tournament.

The NPTE uses a mix of ballot counts and wins to determine winners. Rice won the equivalent of 10 separate debates.

American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament, Colorado Springs, CO. 1400 entries from 59 schools.
Rice was represented at this speech national championship by qualifiers Gennifer Geer, Summar McGee, Bria Murray, and Lauren Palladino. To qualify for this event, competitors had to reach finals at three regular season tournaments in each event and finish such that the sum of their placings equaled 8 or less. While the team did not advance any speakers to elimination rounds, the rigorous qualification requirements mean that even reaching the tournament is a honor. Rice’s qualifying events are listed below.

Madison Blattel: Persuasive Speaking
Gennifer Geer: Communication Analysis, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Informative Speaking
Summar McGee: Communication Analysis, Persuasive Speaking
Lauren Palladino: Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking
Bria Murray: After Dinner Speaking

This completes the competitive year for Rice Speech and Debate. The team will resume competition in Fall 2018.

2016 - 2017 Season

Team Results 2016-2017

Rice University Speech and Debate Wins National Championship and 60 Awards So Far in Spring ’17!

The George R. Brown Forensics Society, Rice’s speech and debate team, finished the year ranked 1st in the nation in in its division in speech and 4th in the nation in debate!

This is an incredible accomplishment by our undergraduate team, who are competing with teams that often have double or triple their numbers and are, in many cases, fielding academic competitors who are attending college on speech or debate scholarships.

Listed below are the results from the Spring semester tournaments. Adding to the measure of success, please note that not all competitors attend all tournaments listed, showing Rice’s versatility and talent.

NFA
National Forensics Association National Championship, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, April 13-17, 2017. 1149 entries from 66 schools.

Rice was represented by Seniors Allison McKibban and Matt Proffitt, who brought home a National Championship in President’s III Division Sweepstakes.

Results:

Allison McKibban:
4th Place National Champion in Extemporaneous (current events) Speaking. This is out of 150 entrants.
Quarter Finalist, Persuasive Speaking (top 24 out of 133)
Semifinalist, Impromptu Speaking (top 12 out of 175)

AFA-NIET
American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament, April 1-3 at Bradley University, Peoria, IL.

Six students represented Rice in 17 events at Speech Nationals. This prestigious tournament is composed exclusively of students that have reached finals and placed highly at three separate tournaments in an event. Simply qualifying for the tournament is a tremendous honor. 1395 entries from 75 schools.

Results:
Allison McKibban: Quarterfinalist (top 24 out of 130), Impromptu Speaking

Also qualified:
Matt Proffitt: Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Informative Speaking, Persuasive Speaking
Allison McKibban: Communication Analysis, Extemporaneous Speaking, Informative Speaking, Persuasive Speaking
Gennifer Geer: Extemporaneous Speaking, Informative Speaking, Persuasive Speaking
Tia Liu: Extemporaneous Speaking, Persuasive Speaking
Summar McGee: After Dinner Speaking, Persuasive Speaking
Isaiah Rodriguez: After Dinner Speaking

Other awards:

David Worth was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, the organization’s highest honor, and was also recognized for 25 years of attendance at the tournament.

NPTE|
National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, March 14-16 In Pueblo, CO

This is a qualification-based tournament composed of the 50 highest ranked teams of two in the nation. It is very difficult to qualify for. Rice qualified 3 teams for the first time in a decade. The NPTE features two judges per preliminary round and double-elimination in the elimination rounds.

Michael Portal and Sonia Torres: Elimination round 2 (top 24)
Matt Proffitt and Jason Barton: Elimination round 2 (top 24)

Final ranking for year (out of 738):
Michael Portal and Sonia Torres: 26th
Matt Proffitt and Jason Barton: 32nd

Also qualified: Vera Ranneft and Franz Brotzen, who missed advancing to elimination rounds by 1 ballot.

Rice won 8.5 debates overall, winning 17 prelim ballots (2 judges per debate).

NPDA
National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship, March 23-26 at Colorado College. 4 teams of two represented Rice at the largest college national debate tournament in the nation composed of 143 teams from 42 schools.

Sweepstakes: 4th Place
Season Sweepstakes: 9th place (out of 170)
Michael Portal and Sonia Torres: Quarterfinalists, Debate
Matt Proffitt and Jason Barton: Octafinalists, Debate
Vera Ranneft and Franz Brotzen: Doubleoctafinalists, Debate
Vera Ranneft: 18th Overall Debate Speaker (out of 286!)
Jason Barton: 19th Overall Debate Speaker (out of 286!)
Rice won 22 separate debates.

Additionally, David Worth served as Tournament Director for the national tournament for the second year. He will move to the Vice Presidency of the organization for 2017-2018

Corpus Christi February 25-26

Part 1
Extemporaneous Speaking:
Lanie Tubbs: 4th

Informative Speaking:
Allison McKibban: 2nd

Part 2
Informative Speaking:
Gennifer Geer: 2nd

Texas State Tournament February 18-19 at Texas State San Marcos
16 schools. 256 individual event entries.

Part 1
Extemporaneous Speaking:
Allison McKibban: 1st
Persuasive Speaking
Allison McKibban: 1st

Persuasive Speaking
Lanie Tubbs: 4th

Part 2
Extemporaneous Speaking
Gennifer Geer: 2nd
Isaiah Rodriguez: 5th

Communication Analysis:
Lanie Tubbs: 3rd

Persuasive Speaking
Tia Liu: 1st
Gennifer Geer: 5th

After Dinner Speaking:
Summar McGee: 2nd

University of Missouri February 11-12
Two students from Rice. 36 teams from 13 schools.

Matt Proffitt and Jason Barton: Semifinalists, Debate
Matt Proffitt: 19th Overall Speaker
Rice won 7 separate debates

Texas Tech University January 27-29
Four students from Rice. Regional competition. 20 teams from 7 schools
Michael Portal and Sonia Torres: 2nd Place
Vera Ranneft and Franz Brotzen: Elimination Round 2

Overall Speaker Awards
Michael Portal: 2nd
Vera Ranneft: 3rd
Sonia Torres: 9th
Franz Brotzen: 10th
Rice won 14 separate debates

Elite Competition in Peoria January 14-15
Six students from Rice competed at Bradley University. 1015 entries from
This tournament is regarded as a “pre-nationals” because of the very high level of competition. Statistically, succeeding at this tournament is more difficult than at nationals.

1015 entries from 42 schools

Matt Proffitt:
Semifinalist (top 12 out of 69), Extemporaneous Speaking.
Semifinalist (top 12 out of 99), Impromptu Speaking.

Rice wins in Utah

Thirteen students kicked off the spring semester in competition at the University of Utah, January 5-8. This multifaceted event featured two separate speech tournaments and two separate debate tournaments. Results are listed below.

Overall IE Sweeps, debate sweeps, overall

Part 1
Sweepstakes: 2nd

Speech:

After Dinner Speaking
Isaiah Rodriguez: 1st
Summar McGee: 2nd

Extemporaneous Speaking:
Lanie Tubbs: 1st
Tia Liu: 2nd
Isaiah Rodriguez: 3rd
Gennifer Geer: 4th

Informative Speaking
Allison McKibban: 2nd
Gennifer Geer: 3rd

Communication Analysis
Isaiah Rodriguez: 1st
Lanie Tubbs: 3rd

Impromptu Speaking
Allison McKibban 1st
Lanie Tubbs: 2nd

Persuasive Speaking
Allison McKibban: 1st
Gennifer Geer: 2nd
Tia Liu: 4th

Debate:
Vera Ranneft: 9th Overall Speaker
Vera Ranneft and Franz Brotzen: Quarterfinalists, debate.
Rice won 11 debates total.

Part 2
Debate:
Vera Ranneft and Franz Brotzen: Doubleoctafinalists, debate.
Michael Portal and Sonia Torres: Doubleoctafinalists, debate.

Overall Speaker Awards:
Michael Portal: 18th
Matt Proffitt: 19th
Rice won 9 debates total.

Finishing the year:

IOA
Interstate Oratorical Association. April 21-22, 2017. University of Louisiana-Lafayette. The oldest oratorical contest in the United States has annually sponsored a contest in Persuasive Speaking for two winning contestants from each state since 1872.

Allison McKibban had a 2nd place finish at the 143rd Interstate Oratorical Association National Tournament (IOA). This is oldest national oratorical competition established in 1874 and attended by the top two persuasive speakers from each state.

The previous email also should have reported that McKibban was selected for the All-American Team at the National Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament. In order to be named to this team, individuals are selected based on three criteria: (1) scholastic achievement, (2) AFA-NIET forensic participation, and (3) community service. Selection for this is an honor awarded to the very few competitors who have served as models for forensics as well as the community beyond competition.

Fall 2016

UT-Austin and Texas State San Marcos: “Hill Country Swing.” 9/17-18

Rice was well-represented at this traditional season opener for speech. Senior Allison McKibban single-handedly defeated other squads of multiple competitors, setting the tone for a successful Rice Season.

14 schools
531 individual event entries

Overall Swing Sweeps: 3rd school overall

Allison McKibban: 2nd Individual Swing Sweepstakes

Part 1
Sweepstakes: 3rd

Allison McKibban:
1st Communication Analysis
2ndExtemporaneous Speaking
1st Impromptu Speaking
2nd Sweepstakes Individual

Part 2
Allison McKibban:
2nd Communication Analysis
2nd Extemporaneous Speaking
1st Impromptu Speaking
3rd Sweepstakes Individual

Rice University: Rice University Classic 9/23-25
Overall Swing Sweepstakes: 2nd

Rice hosted 16 schools fielding 452 individual event entries and 30 debate entries

Rice alumni judged and helped out, as Rice students did double duty, both hosting and competing.

Part 1

Sweepstakes: 4th
Vera Ranneft and Franz Brotzen-Smith tied for first with Michael Portal and Sonia Torres, closing out finals in debate!
Allison McKibban and Natalie Zur: Quarterfinals in debate
Jason Barton and Ausitn Tang: Octo-finals in debate

Debate Speaker Awards
Vera Ranneft 1st
Allison McKibban 5th
Rice won 23 separate debates.

Part 2
Sweepstakes: 2nd

Allison McKibban
4th Extemporaneous Speaking
5th Communication Analysis
3rd Impromptu Speaking

Matt Proffitt
6th Extemporaneous Speaking
2nd Impromptu Speaking

Isaiah Rodriguez
5th After Dinner Speaking/Speech to Entertain

George Mason University Tournament 10/1-2
The nation’s top teams met in this early season speech tournament in Fairfax, VA. 13 schools, 160 entries.

Overall Swing Sweepstakes: 3rd

Part 1
Sweepstakes: 4th

Allison McKibban:
3rd Impromptu Speaking
1st Extemporaneous Speaking
2nd Communication Analysis
3rd Individual Sweepstakes

Part 2
Sweepstakes: 3rd

Allison McKibban
1st Individual Sweepstakes
2nd Communication Analysis
3rd Extemporaneous Speaking
3rd Impromptu Speaking
4th Persuasive Speaking

Matt Proffitt
1st Impromptu Speaking
4th Extemporaneous Speaking

Tia Liu
6th Persuasive Speaking

Lewis & Clark College
56 teams from 21 schools

Three teams represented Rice at this tournament of some of the best debaters in the nation.

Sonia Torres and Natalie Zur: 2nd Place Junior Varsity Debate
Sonia Torres: 9th Overall Debate speaker (JV)
Rice won 13 separate debates.

Bayou Swing—Houston, TX, October 21-23. This regional set of two tournaments featured 17 universities and colleges with 460 speech entries and 44 debate entries.

Team Award: 4th Overall Sweepstakes for combined tournaments

First Tournament
Matt Proffitt and Allison McKibban—Tournament Champions, undefeated (6-0) in the tournament.
Allison McKibban; 1st Impromptu Speaking, 1st Persuasive Speaking, Top Overall Debate Speaker.
Matt Proffitt: 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking, 5th Persuasive Speaking 1st in Impromptu Speaking, 2nd Overall Debate Speaker.
Tia Liu: 5th in Persuasive Speaking

Second Tournament
Matt Proffitt: 2nd in Extemporaneous Speaking, 4th Persuasive Speaking
Allison McKibban: 2nd in Persuasive Speaking
Gennifer Geer: Semifinalist in Informative Speaking

Colorado College--October 28-30. This regional tournament featured 16 universities and colleges, with 49 debate entries and 172 speech entries.
Rice won 10 debates overall

Matt Proffitt and Jason Barton: Quarterfinalists in debate

Overall Sweepstakes: 2nd
Speech Sweepstakes: 1st

Matt Proffitt: 1st in Impromptu Speaking, 1st in Informative Speaking, 1st in Persuasive Speaking, 10th Overall Debate Speaker
Allison McKibban: 1st in Communication Analysis, 3rd in Impromptu Speaking, 2nd in Informative Speaking
Gennifer Geer: 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking
Summar McGee: 2nd In After Dinner Speaking, 3rd in Persuasive Speaking
Tia Liu: 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking, 5th in Persuasive Speaking
Michael Portal: 8th Overall Debate Speaker

University of the Pacific—November 4-6. This tournament featured 344 individual event entries and 84 debate entries from 20 Universities and colleges separated into two open tournaments and one invitation-only round robin.

Round Robin

The first day featured 8 of the very best teams in the nation, selected by competitive application. Rice was awarded 2 slots, which is very unusual and quite an honor. The team of Vera Ranneft and Franz Brotzen-Smith won the round robin with 6 wins, defeating a former national champion, bringing the championship trophy for this event back to Rice for the first time since 2010. Additionally, Vera Ranneft was selected as the top speaker for the event.

The team of Michael Portal and Sonia Torres also qualified and represented Rice very well, losing some very close debates.

First Tournament
Speech Sweepstakes: 2nd overall

Matthew Proffitt: 1st in Impromptu Speaking, 2nd in Informative Speaking, 2nd Persuasive Speaking
Isaiah Rodriguez: 1st in After Dinner Speaking, 4th in Extemporaneous Speaking
Tia Liu: 1st in Persuasive Speaking, 2nd in Extemporaneous Speaking
Summar McGee; 3rd in Persuasive Speaking

Second tournament
Speech Sweeps: 2nd

Debate Results:
Varsity Debate: Michael Portal and Sonia Torres: 2nd Place
Matt Proffitt and Jason Barton: Semifinalists
Vera Ranneft and Franz Brotzen-Smith: Quarterfinalists

JV Debate:
Natalie Zur and hybrid partner from Pacific: 2nd Place

Debate Speaker Awards:
Matt Proffitt: 1st
Vera Ranneft: 3rd
Sonia Torres: 5th
Michael Portal: 7th
Rice won 25 debates overall

Speech results:
Matt Proffitt: 1st in Informative
Tia Liu: 1st in Persuasive Speaking
7th in Extemporaneous Speaking
Summar McGee: 2nd in Persuasive Speaking, 3rd After Dinner Speaking
Isaiah Rodriguez: 2nd in After Dinner Speaking, 4th Communication Analysis

This concludes competition for the team for the Fall semester. The tem will start Spring 2017 at the University of Utah in January.

Shannon LaBove, who was the subject of a feature about her coaching career in the December issue Houstonia magazine! Available at: http://www.houstoniamag.com/articles/2016/11/21/rice-university-debate-team-forensics-shannon-labove#.WDRk2I2xdPA.sms

Debating Elite Competitors in Dallas

Two debaters represented Rice at the Old Parkland Debates in Dallas, TX this past weekend, January 29-31. This event was by invitation and pitted six elite teams from the U.S. and U.K. against each other. Rice competed against Oxford University, University of Cambridge, Harvard University, Yale University, and Trinity University.

Rice narrowly missed the final round, coming up only one ballot short. In fact, Rice defeated both championship round teams (Oxford and Cambridge) in preliminary debates but missed out on the ballot count required to make the final. Rice finished a very close third for the event.

The event featured a round-robin style schedule, with each team debating in front of three judges. The judges for this contest included local and national figures, including U.S. Congresspeople, business leaders, Federal judges, and the mayor of Dallas.

Rice was represented in this prestigious event by Michael Portal (McMurtry ’17) and Vera Ranneft (Duncan ’17). Portal and Ranneft are currently ranked in the top 10% of debaters in the United States.

Impressively, Ranneft was ranked the 2nd place overall speaker for the tournament, second only to one of the debaters from Oxford.

Rice defeated Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard.

Read more >> Rice speech and debate team finishes season in the top 5

2015 - 2016 Season

The George R. Brown Forensics Society, Rice’s intercollegiate speech and debate team, has been hard at work representing Rice with distinction. Below is an update on the team’s recent successes.

UT-Austin and Texas State San Marcos: “Hill Country Swing.” 9/17-18

Rice was well-represented at this traditional season opener for speech. Senior Allison McKibban single-handedly defeated other squads of multiple competitors, setting the tone for a successful Rice Season.

14 schools
531 individual event entries
Overall Swing Sweeps: 3rd school overall
Allison McKibban: 2nd Individual Swing Sweepstakes

Part 1
Sweepstakes: 3rd
Allison McKibban:
1st Communication Analysis
2ndExtemporaneous Speaking
1st Impromptu Speaking
2nd Sweepstakes Individual

Part 2
Allison McKibban:
2nd Communication Analysis
2nd Extemporaneous Speaking
1st Impromptu Speaking
3rd Sweepstakes Individual

Rice University: Rice University Classic 9/23-25
Overall Swing Sweepstakes: 2nd
Rice hosted 16 schools fielding 452 individual event entries and 30 debate entries
Rice alumni judged and helped out, as Rice students did double duty, both hosting and competing.

Part 1
Sweepstakes: 4th
Vera Ranneft and Franz Brotzen-Smith tied for first with Michael Portal and Sonia Torres, closing out finals in debate!
Allison McKibban and Natalie Zur: Quarterfinals in debate
Jason Barton and Ausitn Tang: Octo-finals in debate

Debate Speaker Awards
Vera Ranneft 1st
Allison McKibban 5th
Rice won 23 separate debates.

Part 2
Sweepstakes: 2nd
Allison McKibban
4th Extemporaneous Speaking
5th Communication Analysis
3rd Impromptu Speaking

Matt Proffitt
6th Extemporaneous Speaking
2nd Impromptu Speaking

Isaiah Rodriguez
5th After Dinner Speaking/Speech to Entertain

George Mason University Tournament 10/1-2

The nation’s top teams met in this early season speech tournament in Fairfax, VA. 13 schools, 160 entries.

Overall Swing Sweepstakes: 3rd

Part 1
Sweepstakes: 4th
Allison McKibban:
3rd Impromptu Speaking
1st Extemporaneous Speaking
2nd Communication Analysis
3rd Individual Sweepstakes

Part 2
Sweepstakes: 3rd
Allison McKibban
1st Individual Sweepstakes
2nd Communication Analysis
3rd Extemporaneous Speaking
3rd Impromptu Speaking
4th Persuasive Speaking

Matt Proffitt
1st Impromptu Speaking
4th Extemporaneous Speaking

Tia Liu
6th Persuasive Speaking

Lewis & Clark College
56 teams from 21 schools
Three teams represented Rice at this tournament of some of the best debaters in the nation.

Sonia Torres and Natalie Zur: 2nd Place Junior Varsity Debate
Sonia Torres: 9th Overall Debate speaker (JV)
Rice won 13 separate debates.

Bayou Swing—Houston, TX, October 21-23. This regional set of two tournaments featured 17 universities and colleges with 460 speech entries and 44 debate entries.

Team Award: 4th Overall Sweepstakes for combined tournaments

First Tournament
Matt Proffitt and Allison McKibban—Tournament Champions, undefeated (6-0) in the tournament.
Allison McKibban; 1st Impromptu Speaking, 1st Persuasive Speaking, Top Overall Debate Speaker.
Matt Proffitt: 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking, 5th Persuasive Speaking 1st in Impromptu Speaking, 2nd Overall Debate Speaker.
Tia Liu: 5th in Persuasive Speaking

Second Tournament
Matt Proffitt: 2nd in Extemporaneous Speaking, 4th Persuasive Speaking
Allison McKibban: 2nd in Persuasive Speaking
Gennifer Geer: Semifinalist in Informative Speaking

Colorado College--October 28-30. This regional tournament featured 16 universities and colleges, with 49 debate entries and 172 speech entries.
Rice won 10 debates overall

Matt Proffitt and Jason Barton: Quarterfinalists in debate
Overall Sweepstakes: 2nd
Speech Sweepstakes: 1st

Matt Proffitt: 1st in Impromptu Speaking, 1st in Informative Speaking, 1st in Persuasive Speaking, 10th Overall Debate Speaker
Allison McKibban: 1st in Communication Analysis, 3rd in Impromptu Speaking, 2nd in Informative Speaking
Gennifer Geer: 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking
Summar McGee: 2nd In After Dinner Speaking, 3rd in Persuasive Speaking
Tia Liu: 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking, 5th in Persuasive Speaking
Michael Portal: 8th Overall Debate Speaker

University of the Pacific—November 4-6. This tournament featured 344 individual event entries and 84 debate entries from 20 Universities and colleges separated into two open tournaments and one invitation-only round robin.

Round Robin

The first day featured 8 of the very best teams in the nation, selected by competitive application. Rice was awarded 2 slots, which is very unusual and quite an honor. The team of Vera Ranneft and Franz Brotzen-Smith won the round robin with 6 wins, defeating a former national champion, bringing the championship trophy for this event back to Rice for the first time since 2010. Additionally, Vera Ranneft was selected as the top speaker for the event.

The team of Michael Portal and Sonia Torres also qualified and represented Rice very well, losing some very close debates.

First Tournament
Speech Sweepstakes: 2nd overall
Matthew Proffitt: 1st in Impromptu Speaking, 2nd in Informative Speaking, 2nd Persuasive SpeakingIsaiah Rodriguez: 1st
in After Dinner Speaking, 4th in Extemporaneous Speaking
Tia Liu: 1st in Persuasive Speaking, 2nd in Extemporaneous Speaking
Summar McGee; 3rd in Persuasive Speaking

Second tournament
Speech Sweeps: 2nd

Debate Results:
Varsity Debate: Michael Portal and Sonia Torres: 2nd Place
Matt Proffitt and Jason Barton: Semifinalists
Vera Ranneft and Franz Brotzen-Smith: Quarterfinalists

JV Debate:
Natalie Zur and hybrid partner from Pacific: 2nd Place

Debate Speaker Awards:
Matt Proffitt: 1st
Vera Ranneft: 3rd
Sonia Torres: 5th
Michael Portal: 7th
Rice won 25 debates overall

Speech results:
Matt Proffitt: 1st in Informative
Tia Liu: 1st in Persuasive Speaking
7th in Extemporaneous Speaking
Summar McGee: 2nd in Persuasive Speaking, 3rd After Dinner Speaking
Isaiah Rodriguez: 2nd in After Dinner Speaking, 4th Communication Analysis

Rice wins 28 awards in Utah
Eleven students kicked off the spring semester in a competition at the University of Utah, January 8-10. This multifaceted event featured two separate Speech tournaments and two separate debate tournaments. Results are listed below.

Speech Section
177 entries from 11 schools
Swing Sweeps Overall: 2nd
Qualified 8 events for nationals

Part 1

Overall Sweepstakes: 1st

Persuasive Speaking:
Sylvia Omozee: 3rd

After Dinner Speaking:
Isaiah Rodriguez: 1st
Jacob Mansfield: 3rd

Impromptu Speaking:
Matt Proffitt: 2nd
Delaine Tubbs: 3rd
Jacob Mansfield: 6th

Informative Speaking:
Jacob Mansfield: 1st

Extemporaneous Speaking:
Matt Proffitt: 1st
Delaine Tubbs: 3rd
Jacob Mansfield: 5th
Isaiah Rodriguez: 6th

Communication Analysis:
Sylvia Omozee: 1st
Delaine Tubbs: 5th

Part 2:
Overall Sweepstakes: 2nd

Impromptu Speaking:
Sylvia Omozzee: 1st
Jacob Mansfield: 2nd
Matt Proffitt: 3rd
Delaine Tubbs: 6th

Informative Speaking:
Jacob Mansfield: 2nd
Matt Proffitt: 3rd

Persuasive Speaking:
Sylvia Omozee: 5th

Extemporaneous Speaking:
Jacob Mansfield: 2nd
Isaiah Rodriguez: 3rd

After Dinner Speaking:
Jacob Mansfield: 3rd

Communication Analysis:
Delaine Tubbs: 2nd

Debate Section:
84 teams from 36 schools

Part 1
Michael Portal and Sonia Torres: Triple-Octafinals, Parliamentary Debate
Vera Ranneft and Ryan Sun: Triple-Octafinals, Parliamentary Debate
Rice won 7 separate debates

Part 2
Vera Ranneft and Ryan Sun: Triple-Octafinals, Parliamentary Debate
Rice won 5 separate debates

Elite Competition in Austin January 16-17
Six students from Rice competed at University of Texas at Austin.
This tournament is a kind of “pre-nationals” because of the very high level of competition. Statistically this tournament is more difficult than nationals.
1926 entries from 42 schools

Part 1:
Communication Analysis:
Sylvia Omozee: 6th

Impromptu Speaking:
Allison McKibban: Semifinals

Extemporaneous Speaking:
Matt Proffitt: Semifinals

Part 2:
Impromptu Speaking:
Sylvia Omozee: Semifinals
Matt Proffitt: Semifinals

Extemporaneous Speaking:
Allison McKibban: Semifinals
Matt Proffitt: Semifinals

Texas Tech University January 22-24
Regional competition. 16 teams from 6 schools

Part 1:
Michael Portal and Sonia Torres: Quarterfinals, Parliamentary Debate
Jason Barton and Joel Kim: Quarterfinals, Parliamentary Debate
Michael Portal: 4th Overall Debate Speaker
Rice won 9 separate debates

Part 2:
Jason Barton and Joel Kim: Semifinals, Parliamentary Debate
Michael Portal and Sonia Torres: Quarterfinals, Parliamentary Debate
Michael Portal: 6th Overall Debate Speaker
Joel Kim: 8th Overall Debate Speaker
Rice won 11 separate debates

Texas State Tournament February 6-7

Part 1:
Matthew Profit: Top Overall Debate Speaker
Delaine Tubbs: 3rd Overall Debate Speaker.
Matthew Proffitt and Lanie Tubbs: Semifinalists, Parliamentary Debate, State Champions*

*In a dramatic mistake regarding a 3-0 decision, the tournament recorded the semifinals vote incorrectly. Proffitt and Tubbs should have advanced to finals. The tournament staff has sent an official letter of apology to Rice and have been named co-state-champions.

Jacob Mansfield and Tia Liu: Quarterfinalists, Parliamentary Debate

Part 2: Persuasive Speaking:
Jacob Mansfield: 3rd

After Dinner Speaking:
Jacob Mansfield: 5th

Impromptu Speaking:
Lanie Tubbs: 4th

Extemporaneous Speaking:
Matt Proffitt: 3rd

Loyola-Chicago February 12-14
40 teams from 15 schools. This is a nationals warm-up tournament featuring the most competitive teams in the nation.

Ryan Sun and Vera Ranneft: Double-Octafinalists, parliamentary debate.

Corpus Christi February 19-21
Overall Swing Sweeps: 1st
Overall Swing Individual Sweeps: Sylvia Omozee

Part 1:
Individual Event Sweeps: 1st
Overall Sweeps: 2nd
After Dinner Speaking:
Sylvia Omozee: 1st
Jacob Mansfield: 2nd

Communication Analysis
Sylvia Omozee: 1st

Persuasive Speaking:
Jacob Mansfield: 1st

Extemporaneous Speaking:
Isaiah Rodriguez: 1st

Impromptu Speaking:
Allison McKibban: 1st

Part 2:
Individual Event Sweeps: 2nd
Overall Individual Sweeps:
Sylvia Omozee: 2nd
Lanie Tubbs: 3rd

Prose Interpretation:
Sylvia Omozee: 1st

After Dinner Speaking:
Sylvia Omozee: 2nd

Persuasive Speaking:
Jacob Mansfield: 1st
Lanie Tubbs: 2nd

Extemporaneous Speaking:
Lanie Tubbs: 1st

PVAMU:

Part 1:
After Dinner Speaking:
Sylvia Omozee: 1st

Prose Interpretation:
Sylvia Omozee: 3rd

Part 2:
After Dinner Speaking:
Sylvia Omozee: 2nd

Prose Interpretation:
Sylvia Omozee: 3rd

NPTE
National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, March 14-16 In Los Angeles, CA

This is a qualification-based tournament composed of 54 highest ranked teams of two in the nation. It is very difficult to qualify for.

Ryan Sun and Vera Ranneft: Double-Octafinals, parliamentary debate. The tournament results are included in the final overall rank. Sun and Ranneft finished the year ranked 30th out of 794 teams ranked by the NPTE.

Rice won 4 debates overall, winning 8 out of 10 prelim ballots (2 judges per debate) and 8 out of 14 ballots overall.

NPDA
National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship, March 18-21 at California State University Long Beach.

Sweepstakes: 16th Place

3 teams of two represented Rice at the largest college national debate tournament in the nation composed of 164 teams from 55 schools.

Ryan Sun and Vera Ranneft: Double-Octafinals, parliamentary debate. This lost only one preliminary round debate, going 7-1, and was the 4th seed in the elimination bracket (65 teams).

Vera Ranneft: 5th Overall Debate Speaker (out of 328!)

Rice won 15 separate debates.

Additionally, David Worth served as Tournament Director for the national tournament.

AFA-NIET
American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament, April 2-4 at the University of Florida.

Six students represented Rice in 22 events at Speech Nationals. This prestigious tournament is composed exclusively of students that have reached finals and placed highly at three separate tournaments in an event. Simply qualifying for the tournament is a tremendous honor. 1445 entries from 68 schools.

Allison McKibban: Semifinalist (top 12 in the nation) in Extemporaneous Speaking (limited preparation analytical speaking on current events).

Sylvia Omozee: Quarterfinalist (top 24) in Persuasive Speaking (manuscript speech that addresses and presents a solution to a contemporary policy or social problem).

Jacob Mansfield: Quarterfinalist (top 24) in Communication Analysis (speech analyzing contemporary communication phenomena from an academic perspective).

Also qualified:
Jacob Mansfield: After Dinner Speaking (speech to entertain), Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking (nearly immediate speaking on proverbial topics), Informative Speaking, Persuasive Speaking.
Allison McKibban: Communication Analysis, Persuasive Speaking, Impromptu Speaking
Sylvia Omozee: After Dinner Speaking, Communication Analysis, Impromptu Speaking, Prose Interpretation
Matt Proffitt: Impromptu Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, Persuasive Speaking
Delaine Tubbs: Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking
Isaiah Rodriguez: After Dinner Speaking (speech to entertain)

Public Debate at Trinity University

Rice is tentatively slated to debate Trinity University in an exhibition debate on the upcoming U.S. election in the next two weeks. After that event, Rice will be finished for the year. Scheduling is still being worked out for this event.

Please join us in congratulating these diligent and successful academic competitors on a great season!

Read more: Rice speech and debate team finishes season in the top 20 >>

2012 – 2013 Season

Rice Speech And Debate Finishes the Year Fourth in the Nation in Debate

Rice Speech and Debate Crowns National Champion and Brings Home 4 Prestigious Awards

Rice Speech and Debate Adds Five Qualifications for Nationals

Rice Speech and Debate Co-hosts and Wins at University of Houston

Humanitas Spotlight on Forensics

Rice Speech and Debate Wins 39 Awards at Spring State Tournament

Rice Speech and Debate Wraps Up Semester With Excellent Showing at Fall State Championship

Rice Speech and Debate Wins in Virginia

Rice Speech and Debate Wins at Home and in Missouri

Rice Speech and Debate Wins 6 Awards in Illinois

Rice Speech and Debate Wins at Home and in Kentucky

Rice Speech and Debate Wins Top Award and 18 More at United States Air Force Academy

2011 – 2012 Season

George R. Brown Forensics Society Wins 20 Awards at the Nation’s Most Elite Tournaments

Collected Tournament Report

2010 – 2011 Season

Rice Speech and Debate Returns to Top Ten at Parliamentary Debate Nationals

Rice Speech and Debate Prepares for Nationals Run

Rice Speech and Debate Finishes Four-Week Run With Major Wins

Rice Speech and Debate Starts Spring with Strong Showing at Difficult Tournaments

Rice Speech and Debate Wins in Nebraska, Starts Blog, Hosts Events on Campus

Upcoming Events With Rice Speech and Debate

Rice Speech and Debate Continues Very Strong Fall Performance, Hosting and Winning at Lone Star College—Kingwood

Rice Speech and Debate Starts 2010-2011 Season 19 Awards at the University of Houston

2009 – 2010 Season

Rice Speech and Debate Finishes Season in the Top 20

Rice Speech and Debate Qualifies for Speech Nationals

Rice Speech and Debate Makes Best Showing Ever in San Diego

Rice Speech and Debate Makes Strong Showing at Difficult Tournament

Rice Speech and Debate Wins in California, Defeats Previous National Champions

Rice Speech and Debate Continues Winning Record in Nebraska

Rice Speech and Debate Wins Major Tournament in Wyoming

Rice Speech and Debate Starts 2009-2010 Season With Success at Home

2008 – 2009 Season

Rice Debater Selected to Represent U.S.

Rice Speech and Debate Wins in Washington

Rice Speech and Debate Continues Success With First Year Students

Rice Speech and Debate competes in Denver

Rice Speech and Debate Wins With Young Team in California

Rice Speech and Debate Wins in Nebraska

Rice Speech and Debate Wins Awards in Oregon and Kansas

Rice Speech and Debate Starts Season With Victories at Home

2007 – 2008 Season

Rice Finishes Season With 9 Awards at Speech Nationals, Top Five Finish in Debate, Three All-American Team Awards

Rice Speech and Debate Wins 38 Awards in Run-Up to Nationals

Rice Speech and Debate Wins in Nebraska, Looks Toward Air Force Academy Tournament

Rice Speech and Debate Beats National Competition in California

Rice Speech and Debate Wins Big in Colorado

Rice Speech and Debate Wins in Kansas

Rice Speech and Debate Begins Season With Big Wins

2006 – 2007 Season

Rice Finishes Season With National Championship at Speech Nationals, Top Five Finish at Debate Nationals

Rice Speech and Debate Qualifies for Speech Nationals

Rice Speech and Debate Wins 60 Awards in Houston

Rice Speech and Debate Wins in Lubbock, Ranked Third in the Nation

Rice Speech and Debate Wins in Kansas

Rice Speech and Debate Ranked Number One in the Nation!

Rice Speech and Debate Wins Close to Home

Rice Speech and Debate Wins First Tournament of the Year

2005 – 2006 Season

Rice Debate Finishes Fifth in the Nation

Rice Speech and Debate Prepares for Nationals Run

Rice Speech and Debate Successful in Washington

Rice Speech and Debate Wins in Kansas

Rice Speech and Debate Finishes Semester With Success in California

Rice Speech and Debate Wins in San Marcos

Rice Speech and Debate Wins Close to Home

Rice Speech and Debate Wins in Debate, Takes Top Speaker in Omaha

Rice Speech and Debate Starts Year By Winning 18 Awards in Wyoming

2004 – 2005 Season

Rice Speech and Debate Team Finishes Year With Strong Nationals Showing, Professional Service, and Coaching Award

Rice Speech and Debate Team Has Strong Showing at First Tournament of the Year

Rice Speech and Debate Team Qualifies Five New Events for Speech Nationals

Rice Speech and Debate Team Makes Strong Showing in Oregon

Rice Speech and Debate Team Wins at Home

Speech and Debate Team Wins in Oklahoma

Rice Speech and Debate Team Successful at Air Force Academy, Retains Top Two Position in the Nation

Rice Speech and Debate Team Wins 2004 Texas State Championship

Rice Speech and Debate Team Wins in Colorado

Rice Speech and Debate Team Wins in Omaha

Rice Speech and Debate Team Makes Strong Showing at Home, Boasts Second Ranked Team in the Nation

Rice Speech and Debate Team Wins in California and Austin