Debate Team Wins in Gatlinburg

Monday, March 27, 2006

The Fairmont State Intercollegiate Debate Team recently participated in the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament held in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Pi Kappa Delta is the oldest national collegiate forensic honorary and is approaching its 100th year anniversary. Forty-eight schools from 20 states participated in the tournament.

Dusty Van Pelt, a freshman and North Marion High School graduate, compiled a record of 3-3 with wins over Central Michigan University, Otterbein and Bowling Green State University. Van Pelt also scored a total of 156 out of 180 speaker points. Only four other debaters scored higher.

Also compiling a record of 3-3 was Stephen Sundahl, a freshman from Fairmont. He recorded victories over Otterbein, Kansas Wesleyan and Bowling Green. Janelle Piercy, a junior from Weston, W.Va., also went 3-3 with wins over McKendree, Central Michigan and Abilene Christian. Heather Musgrove, Seanna Keefe and Terry Meeks also participated in the tournament.

The team debated the National Forensic Association resolution: "Resolved that the United States Federal government should adopt a policy to increase the protection of human rights in one of more of the following nations: Tibet, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, East Timor, Indonesia, Philippines and/or Pakistan."Ā

The team is coached by Kimberly Korcsmaros. For more information, e-mail her at