Gillette student "survives" at national forensic tournament

(Casper, Wyo.) Casper College managed to take out the legs of a debate tournament in Kansas earlier this month. The "Zombie Apocalypse" Swing had quotations from zombie movies as prompts, some questions contained hypothetical situations that had zombie references, and the trophies awarded were zombie related: from large Styrofoam stress brains, to survival kits. Included in the finalists for Casper College was Lucas Davis, from Gillette. “The students had a tremendous showing in both debate and individual events. We took six of the eight quarterfinal slots in international public debate, which is unheard of,” said Doug Hall, director of forensics at Casper College. “The students did so well, that most of them didn't even debate in out rounds, they just advanced on record,” he added, noting that a rule in debate prevents members of the same team from debating each other, “so if they hit, the member with the better record, they advanced.” Davis finished in the international quarter finals, and took fifth place in the first round for impromptu speaking. The team was competing against four-year programs from all over the country, like the University of Nebraska, Florida, and Northwest Missouri State. “I'm very proud of the way the students took on the challenge of competing on a dense four-year circuit," said Jordan Johnson, assistant director of forensics "I am excited to build on their success as we set our sights on nationals." Take that Zombies! #county17 #news