WSCC Debate team shines at competition

The Walters State Debate Team added to their trophy case this weekend. The team of James Hicks, left, and Christopher Cox went 4-0 into the finals at the Tennessee Valley Invitational Debate Tournament. In the center is Robert E. Pratt, II, debate coach at the college.

The Walters State Debate team made it to finals at the Third Annual Tennessee Valley Invitational Debate last weekend with three members recognized with individual speaking awards.

Christopher Cox and James Hicks, both of Morristown fell to a team from the host school, Pellissippi State, in the novice finals after posting a perfect 4-0 record in preliminary rounds. Hicks was voted top novice speaker among 38 in the field, while Cox earned the sixth place speaker award. Anniston Sizemore of Seymour finished fifth among varsity speakers in a field made up primarily of juniors and seniors from universities.

“Frequent graduation means we are always recruiting and rebuilding our team at Walters State, but results like these show how our debaters’ hard work leads to success,” said Robert E. Pratt, II, assistant professor of communication and debate coach.

“More importantly, we took several debaters with no previous experience on the trip with us. That included Chris Cox who achieved so much in his first collegiate debate,” Pratt also said.

The Debate Team will next travel to the state tournament in late February and then to Northeast State Community College and East Tennessee State University later in the semester.

Students interested in becoming a part of debate at Walters State should contact Pratt at Robert.Pratt@ws.edu No prior debate experience is necessary.