Dordt's Forensics Team Participates in Vocal Viking Tournament

Dordt College debate team wins event

Dordt College Campus Center

Two students from the Dordt Forensics Team won the annual Vocal Viking tournament this past weekend on October 26-27 in Mankato, Minnesota. Dordt’s forensics team competed against schools from across the Midwest. The tournament featured both parliamentary debate as well as 11 other speaking events including “informative speaking” and “poetry interpretation.”

Dordt’s winning debate team, consisting of Daniel Schreur and Branden Lesondak, beat 19 other teams from schools such as the University of Minnesota, Bethel University, and the University of North Dakota. The resolution for the final round, pitting Dordt against North State University, was “All U.S. citizens should be required to register for the Selective Service when they turn 18.” Schreur and Lesondak effectively argued against the resolution, ultimately winning the debate.

Additionally, in her first year competing in the tournament, Emma Stoltzfus received fourth place for her performance in the “After Dinner Speaking” event.

The tournament was held at Bethany Lutheran College and is in its 15th year. Dordt Forensics is in its sixth year since the program began in the fall of 2013. The team competes in several regional competitions in debate and speech events each semester, and regularly attends the National Christian College Forensics Invitational in the spring. Twenty-four students currently participate in these events and regularly gain recognition and awards for their work.