Debate Society Victorious Over Top Programs in Country

Shay Kauwe and Cassie Chang of the Sea Warrior Debate Society returned this week after successfully representing HPU during the three day U.S. Open Tournament at the Claremont McKenna Colleges, just east of Los Angeles, California. After the first day of competition, the midpoint of the tournament, HPU was ranked 12th out of the sixty teams participating. With only the top eight teams advancing to the elimination rounds, Shay and Cassie found themselves facing the top debate programs in the country.  After successfully defeating or out ranking teams from USC, UCLA, Cornell, Claremont, the University of Vermont, Texas State, Colgate, Alaska, the Air Force Academy and others, HPU lost a close debate to the eventual tournament champion, Loyola Marymount University, which effectively ended their hopes of making the semifinals.

The Sea Warrior Debate Society also includes Megan Jensen, Ashley Piedra, Dana Ahlin, Jake Mundhenke, Cristian Vlase, Esther Smith, Ashllyn Melo-Pang, Martin Aranaydo, Ke’ala Ostrowski, and Justin Lowe.

The HPU team will be hosting and debating against the British National Team during the last two weeks of November and has an upcoming tournament at the University of Hawaii on November 10th.  For more information please contact the Director of Debate at