On March 8-10, Vanguard University’s forensics team competed at the National Christian Colleges Forensics Association (NCCFA) Invitational Tournament winning multiple awards and making tournament and Vanguard history.
Hosted by California Baptist University, the NCCFA tournament brings together the “best and brightest Christian competitors in the nation,” forensics coach and communications professor Karen Nishie said. Vanguard’s team took home first place in the Division II Sweepstakes for debate and third place in the Individual Events Sweepstakes.
Along with several other team members, student Josh Popke took home an Individual Events award. Looking back on the event, Popke said that it made him “feel great about being a part of debate.” Also, he said that he hopes the team’s victories will bring recognition for Vanguard, make students aware of the team and maybe even be an encouragement for more students to be a part of the forensics team in the future.
In an email to staff and faculty praising the students’ great success, Nishie said: “it’s been an amazingly satisfying experience coaching this group of students.” Even though it was a rebuilding year with six students who had never done collegiate debate before August, the team did wonderfully, she said.
To learn more about the forensics team, click here.