In order to build the HPU Debate Society travel squad, we sent two freshmen, Pre-Law/Criminal Justice major, Lisette Robbins, and Environmental Studies major, Kaleigh Smith, along with two senior Communication majors, Leilani Feleciano and Kate McDaniel to compete in the November 2016 California Cup, a three-day tournament, hosted by USC, UCLA, and Claremont McKenna College. While it was quite the grueling weekend, the families of both the freshmen joined us for additional team support.
Coming off of Winter break, our team worked together to host the 9th Annual Pan Pacific Championship this past February. It began on a Friday night with our 4th Capitol Debate. In order to advertise for the event, our very own HPU Student Body and Debate Society President, Chris Morrow, joined former UH Månoa Debater, Ian Ross, and Civil Beat’s Pod Squad host, Chad Blair, on a live podcast, which may be accessed here. Our very own Debate Society Vice President, Kate McDaniel, submitted an op-ed piece on the Rail Debate to Civil Beat. McDaniel and Feleciano represented HPU that evening to debate against UH Manoa, The United States Air Force Academy, Willamette University and East China University of Science and Technology. Adjudicators that evening were former Sen. Will Espero, Rep. Gene Ward, Rep. Cedric Gates, Civil Beat’s Rui Kaneya, Kirk Fehn, and Cody Hensarling.
Wish them luck!