(front, left to right) Kelsey Green, Kaitlyn Doherty, Addi Brown, Jessica Wells and Phoenix Smith; back, left to right, Garic Tinsley, Glenn Gaeke and Jay Temaat.(Submitted Photo)
By the end of the day Sunday, the team had racked up five sweeps awards. They were recognized as the top I.E. (Individual Events-forensics) community college team for both tournaments and for the overall combined two-day total.
The Fort Scott Community College squad also finished second in community college debate sweeps for the Sterling tournament and second overall in combined debate/I.E. sweeps for the two tournaments combined.
This 20-plus school tournament brought in powerhouses from around the country as Hutchinson is the host site for the AFA (I.E) national tournament in April, but this also ended up being one of the largest Lincoln-Douglas Tournament in the nation.
Freshman Jessica Wells did not break into out-rounds, but distinguished herself by finishing as sixth ranked overall speaker.
"This was an opportunity for us to compete against some of the best four-year programs and see where we stack up. It also illuminates just what we need to improve upon. Many of our kids were competitive and I am excited by where we are at this juncture in the season," coach Brian Weilert said in a news release.