McKendree Debate Team Finishes Second at Loyola

Lebanon, Ill. — The McKendree University debate team finished in second place and took home eight awards at Loyola University on Sept. 27-29. Six colleges and universities, including Purdue University, attended the tournament. Representing McKendree were seniors Lucas Barker, Sarah DeBruyckere, and Amanda Walker; sophomores Rodney McBride and Quinn McRoberts; and first-year Mary Makarishcheva.

At the first half of the tournament, Barker and DeBruyckere went 4-1. After receiving a bye in quarterfinals, they beat Cedarville University on the topic of regulating banks. They lost in finals to another Cedarville team. Barker took top speaker, while DeBruyckere took third place. In the junior division, the team of Makarishcheva and McBride posted a perfect 5-0 record and finished as semifinalists.

At the second half of the tournament, all three McKendree teams went 3-2 in prelims. The team of Barker and DeBruyckere, as well as the team of McRoberts and Walker, finished as quarterfinalists. Makarishcheva and McBride finished as octofinalists after being advanced over by McRoberts and Walker. Barker took second place speaker.

The McKendree speech and debate team will compete at Crowder College in Neosho, Mo., on Oct. 5.


Photo of the Debate Team

McKendree University debaters Mary Makarishcheva, Sarah DeBruyckere,

Amanda Walker, Lucas Barker, Quinn McRoberts and Rodney McBride.