CWC hosts collegiate debate tournament

Central Wyoming College, which has re-introduced a competitive forensics program, is hosting the first CWC Wind River Debate Invitational this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10, and Coach Jeremy Christensen is expecting 12-16 teams from regional colleges and universities to participate.

In some ways this tournament represents an experiment, said Christensen, who was hired at CWC this fall to start the intercollegiate program. To provide a unique tournament experience, he said, the invitational will primarily use propositions of values, encouraging participants and audience members to engage in “good-willed heckling.”

The first round begins the afternoon of Dec. 9 and continues all day on Dec. 10.

Though CWC’s team is made up of students with little or no prior forensics experience, it has done well in fall tournaments. At a recent Northwest College tournament, the CWC team won the novice division of parliamentary debate, and several individuals have placed high.

Coach Jeremy Christensen, pictured below (with beard) works with students preparing for the weekend events. CWC Photos.