Tonganoxie High grad an All-American debater
A Tonganoxie High School graduate helped Johnson County Community College to a national debate championship.
THS graduate Dalton Lawson was a member of the JCCC debate team that won the McCintock Award, which is presented to the national champion community college team at the Cross-Examination Debate Association National Tournament, March 25-29 in Berkeley, Calif.
Lawson, as well as Caitlin Breslin, Leawood, were selected to the All-American Debate Team. The award is given to 30 debaters who represent the best of intercollegiate debate. Recipients demonstrate competitive success, good conduct and contributions to their squad.
The CEDA national championship is based on the team’s success during the entire season in competition with four-year colleges and universities as well as other community colleges.
Kansas City Kansas Community College was the runner-up.
This is the first championship title for JCCC in eight years, and the fourth year in a row JCCC has been in the top three in community college sweepstakes.
JCCC debaters were awarded several national recognitions at the various ceremonies during the tournament. Emily Umphrey, Lenexa, was awarded with the Outstanding New Competitor Award for debaters in their first year of competition without prior debate experience who show growth and participation in the activity. Umphrey was selected from a nationwide pool of applicants.
Throughout the year, the JCCC debate team was consistently ranked as the top community college, maintained a top 20 national ranking that includes four-year colleges, and finished in the top 25 nationwide for the year.