Along with Bayley and Raffi winning the tournament, St. Olaf as a collective did a bang-up job all around. This was the first year that the MCFA separated individual sweepstakes from debate sweepstakes, so we managed to take home 1st place in debate sweeps. We also managed to pick up 3rd place in comprehensive (meaning adding speech and debate points) sweepstakes for limited entry schools. Our proudest moment was once again winning the Greg LaPlata Quality Award. Named after a pioneer in community college forensics programs, the accolade is essentially the “per capita” sweepstakes award, dividing sweepstakes points by the number of entries.
In short, it was a fantastic outing for the St. Olaf Debate team, and we couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out. Look for us at the last regular tournament of the year, the PLUM 16.5 on March 5th, as we wrap up the 2012-2013 season of the Parliamentary League of the Upper Midwest.