Debate Team Competes in US Universities Championships

HPU Debate Team and Coach at Stanford University

The HPU Debate Team participated in the 2018 United States Universities Debating Championships held at Stanford University from April 14-16. Two HPU teams attended. Nicholas Calle and Shelby Respicio were the first team, and Natalie Thomsen and Samuel Williamson were the second team. The four debaters were novices in a rebuilding year for the team. Gianna Prinzivalli attended as a judge.

HPU's top team beat others from the University of Hawai‘i, University of Southern California, University of La Verne, Willamette University, Middlebury, Claremont, and Loyola Marymount University. The HPU team members will close out their year on April 28 with a tournament hosted by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Pictured from left to right is the team’s coach and Department of Communication Lecturer Sterling Higa and team members Natalie Thomsen, Nicholas Calle, Gianna Prinzivalli, Shelby Respicio, and Samuel Williamson.