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Debate team places 4th at Purdue; British team to visit Cumberlands

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – The University of the Cumberlands speech and debate team participated in the Boilermaker Special Speech and Debate Tournament at Purdue University on Sept. 14-15 and placed fourth overall in individual events and in team competition.

In team competition, duo Danny Lusnford and Andy Wolfe was next out on two speaker points from making octofinals in debate.

As for individual events, Joe Owens placed second in program oral interpretation and third in prose interpretation. Jamie Gregory placed fifth in program oral interpretation and sixth in poetry interpretation. Cana Stevenson placed fifth in duo interpretation with Katie Bruner, who was the top novice and placed third in program oral interpretation.

Tim Riley and Christina Gillis also contributed to the team’s results.

Next on the team’s agenda, Cumberlands will host the English-Speaking Union’s British team on Nov. 3 during its tour of the United States. Annually, the ESU chooses two debaters from the U.K. to travel across the U.S. stopping at various universities. Alex Just, of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Alistair Cormack, of London, England, make up the British team.

“We are excited having them meet and work with our debate team,” said Jay Bourne, director of forensics at Cumberlands.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 118th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, graduate degrees and certifications in education as well as online programs.